Thursday, June 23, 2016

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: North Korea successfully launched missile

President Park Geun-hye today renewed her resolve to make North Korea opt for denuclearization through sanctions and pressure and ordering her military to maintain against threats. During her luncheon with military leaders at the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae, President Park also pointed out Pyongyang's continued provocations, including the launch of two ICBMs this week, as evidence that it would be unlikely that there will be a turnaround int he ongoing standoff anytime soon. President Park also raised the possibility of the North undertaking another threat when it starts feeling the actual impact of tough sanctions the UNSC imposed on March in response to its nuclear test in January and long-range rocket launch a month later.

North Korea, meanwhile, claimed it has successfully test-fired an ICBM, vowing to boost its capacity to wage nuclear strikes against the US. The KCNA said that the North successfully launched a ballistic missile called Hwasong-10. A North Korean nuclear envoy said today that she was pleased with the recent test-launch yesterday, calling the tests a success. Choe Son-hui, deputy director for North American affairs at North Korea's foreign ministry and the North's deputy chief nuclear envoy, made the remarks during a brief press meeting in front of the North Korean Embassy in Beijing.

The UNSC convened an emergency meeting this morning on North Korea's latest mid-range ballistic missile launch. The council expressed its "grave concerns" over the regime's latest threats. OFficials say the decision to hold the meeting reflects how seriously the UN is taking the North's latest threat as after past launches this year, the Security Council just issued a press statement without gathering together. A press statement opposing North Korea will be released soon.

Source: Arirang News

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