North Korea missile test is a ‘major threat’ to US says Jack Keane
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Officials in the secretive nation have been ordered to be ready to execute orders to launch the country’s nuclear missiles. This comes as Pyongyang celebrated the Sun Festival, a celebration dedicated to its founder Kim Il-Sung’s birthday.
To mark this annual celebration, special warnings are issued to the military and weapons operators, NK News reported.
Reports claim a test of a short-range ballistic missile (SLBM) is likely to be imminent.
A report by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies and the Rand Corp warned allies must counter against North Korea’s nuclear warfare attempts which “could cause millions of deaths”.
It said Kim “appears to be building a nuclear weapon force capable of enabling peninsula dominance”.
Earlier this month, the North Korean dictator set up a university dedicated to creating and weaponising nuclear missiles.
The college has been named the ‘Kim Jong Un National Defence University’ and it will focus on developing hypersonic missile technology, according to reports.
Hypersonic missiles are able to travel at five times the speed of sound, making them virtually impossible for current missile defence systems to intercept.
The leader has continued on his quest to dominate the nuclear-weapons market through funding massive cyber heists, carrying out illegal trades and even selling arms to terrorists.
Kim further demonstrated North Korea’s sporadic and aggressive behaviour after recently launching two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan.
Both missiles were confirmed by US officials and the Japanese Coast Guard.
The dummy exercise represented North Korea’s second rocket test within 24 hours.
Among immediate reaction to the exercise was from the National Security Council in Seoul, South Korea, who said they were “deeply concerned”.
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US President Joe Biden responded to North Korea’s launches arguing it’s just “business as usual” for the rogue nation with no obvious plan to engage.
Harry Kazianis, senior director for the Center for the National Interest, warned that North Korea is likely to test more missiles “to lash out” at US President Joe Biden.
The UN warned that North Korea has likely developed the ability to mount nuclear warheads onto its intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The warning adds to international concern over Pyongyang’s growing weapons capabilities.
Mr Kazianis added how Kim Jong-un will continue to test missiles and nuclear weapons to show the US it can “kill millions of people”.
The US, Japan and South Korea promised to team up for “concerted trilateral cooperation” to denuclearise North Korea.
In a joint statement released earlier this month, the three nations said they “shared their concerns about North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes”.
They also “agreed on the imperative for full implementation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions by the international community, including North Korea, preventing proliferation, and cooperating to strengthen deterrence and maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.”
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