Published: Mon, September 04, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

It's time to shoot down North Korean missiles

It's time to shoot down North Korean missiles

"The government confirms that North Korea conducted a nuclear test after examining information from the weather agency and other information", Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told reporters.

The apparent nuclear test came hours after the North claimed to have developed a hydrogen bomb.

Though the precise strength of the blast has yet to be determined, South Korea's weather agency said the artificial natural disaster it caused was five to six times stronger than tremors generated by Pyongyang's previous tests.

"If North Korea did indeed conduct a nuclear test, we absolutely can not tolerate and must protest firmly".

The mission also ended with a drop of live weapons, which is rare for these kinds of demonstrations, officials say.

The United States has repeatedly urged China, the North's sole major ally, to do more to rein in its neighbour.

Seoul's national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, said there had been talks with Washington about deploying U.S. strategic military assets to the Korean peninsula.

The report states that Kim inspected a hydrogen bomb that will be loaded on a new intercontinental ballistic missile "with great destructive power".

For its part, the White House said in a statement that Trump and Moon spoke on the phone Friday about North Korean's "continued destabilizing and escalatory behavior".

The North called it a test of a hydrogen bomb which was a "perfect success".

Kim Jong-Un called for more launches into the Pacific, the KCNA news agency said.

As the Two-Way reported last month, US intelligence analysts believe North Korea has already developed a warhead that can be placed on its ballistic missiles, including an ICBM capable of reaching USA territory.

USA forces shot down a medium-range ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii Wednesday as part of a test conducted amid heightened regional tensions, NBC News reported.

The country's meteorological agency said the resulting tremors were at least 10 times as powerful as North Korea's previous nuclear test, last September.

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Cooperation between South Korea and Japan on security issues "has been politically challenging, if not impossible at times, and certainly many expected that it would become even more hard under South Korean President Moon", Hwang said.

But most analysts disputed the claim, saying that the explosive yield was too small to be from such a device, which would be far more powerful than the atomic bombs it had previously tested. While the missile launch is hopefully a show of force and strategic endeavor by the North Koreans (and not indicative of an actual impending attack), you can obviously never predict the behavior of the North Korean regime with absolute certainty.

Its fifth nuclear test in September 2016 was measured to be possibly North Korea's biggest detonation ever, but the quake it caused was still not believed to be big enough to demonstrate a thermonuclear test.

It has since threatened to send a salvo of rockets towards the United States territory of Guam, and last week fired a missile over Japan and into the Pacific, the first time it has ever acknowledged doing so.

"On a visit to Japan on Thursday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said London and Tokyo would work together to pressure North Korea "including by increasing the pace of sanctions" against Pyongyang".

Each new missile and nuclear test gives the North information that allows jumps in capability. But the statement did not say whether the conversation came before or after the North's latest test.

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