Wednesday, June 22, 2016

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: N. Korea launched two missiles

The Joint Chiefs of Staff said North Korea has launched two Musudan missiles from its east coast early this morning. At around 0558 hours local time, North Korea fired off what is presumed to be a Musudan missile from near Wonsan along the east coast, but it presumably ended in failure. Two hours later, the North launched another one. It is unclear if the second one was a success, and Seoul and Washington are analyzing whether it was carrying a nuclear warhead.

Meanwhile, President Park Geun-hye warned North Korea that it will only face isolation and self-destruction if it continues to develop nuclear weapons. During a meeting with the National Unification Advisory Council that the government will continue to pressure the Korean Peninsula until it gives up its nuclear power.

China caled for a calm and restraint shortly after North Korea test-fired two Musudan missiles. The Chinese foreign ministry urged the relevant countries not to take action that could further tensions on North Korea, when asked about the North's latest missile launches.

US Vice President Joe Biden says he told Chinese President Xi Jinping that Japan is capable of going nuclear virtually overnight in a conversation where he urged Beijing to do more to curb North Korea. In a televised interview, Biden said China has the single greatest ability to influence Pyongyang by cutting off a range of things, but it also could cause the collapse of the regime.

Source: Arirang News

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