Published: Tue, August 29, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

US Open to Dialogue Despite N. Korea's Provocation

US Open to Dialogue Despite N. Korea's Provocation

South Korean security analyst Kim Dong-yub said Saturday that South Korea's assessments don't contradict USA military evaluations that identified the launches as short-range ballistic missiles.

North Korea early on Saturday fired several short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast from its eastern Kangwon province, South Korea's military said.

The U.S. Pacific Command assessed that there were "three short-range ballistic missile launches", which either failed in flight or exploded.

The U.S. Pacific Command has revised its assessment of the latest North Korean missile launches, saying the first and third projectiles did not fail in flight.

As is customary, Seoul's presidential office called a National Security Council meeting in response to the test.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday the firing of three ballistic missiles by North Korea this week was a provocative act but that the United States will continue to seek a peaceful resolution.

The White House said President Trump was briefed on what happened and "we are monitoring the situation".

In response to North Korea's expanding nuclear weapons program, South Korea has been moving to strengthen its own capabilities, planning talks with the United States on raising the warhead limits on its missiles and taking steps to place additional launchers to a USA anti-missile defense system in the country's southeast.

Kim says North Korea's large-sized artillery rockets blur the boundaries between artillery systems and ballistic missiles because they create their own thrust and are guided during delivery.

Hot new app? Most of us can't be bothered to download it
The website also lists hardware partners that get their devices certified to provide a safe and secure experience to users. This more public initiative also coincides with Google Play Protect branding being featured on retail packaging.

Though North Korea says it now has the ability to send missiles to the United States mainland, US defense officials said these short-range missiles did not pose a threat to North America or Guam.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides a target-striking contest of the special operation forces of the Korean People's Army (KPA) to occupy islands in this undated picture provided by KCNA in Pyongyang on August 25, 2017.

The border islands have occasionally seen military skirmishes between the rivals, including a North Korean artillery barrage on Yeonpyeong in 2010 that left two South Korean marines and two civilians dead.

Even though the launches failed, they still constitute violations of the U.N. Security Council resolutions prohibiting North Korea from launching missiles or conducting nuclear tests, and they will spark another round of condemnation from the global community - condemnation that will, again, fall on deaf ears in Pyongyang.

The "Ulchi Freedom Guardian" war games are a largely computer-simulated exercise that runs for two weeks in the South. Pyongyang threatens strong military counteraction each year.

Most alarmingly, North Korea last month fired its first intercontinental ballistic missiles, which are technically capable of reaching the mainland United States.

The launch breaks what appeared to be an easing of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

The U.S. and its allies had warned Kim against launching missiles toward Guam, home to key American military bases in the Pacific.

Like this: