After a test launch by North Korea, they say that North Korea is ready to deploy and start mass-producing a new medium-range missile capable of reaching Japan and main U.S. North Korea also says that the missile’s combat eagerness and it’s an answer to policies of US President Donald Trump. On Sunday, they fired the missile onto the waters off and it’s a second missile test in a week to which South Korea said that it ended the hopes of the South’s new liberal government under President Moon Jae-in to maintain peace between two neighbors.
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According to the KCNA state news agency, the leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un administered the test of the Pukguksong-2 that confirmed consistent late-stage guidance of the warhead and the functioning of a solid-fuel engine. Kim said that the Pukguksong-2 met all the required technical specifications so must be now mass-produced and deployed to the Korean People’s battle unit, according to the KCNA. Pyongyang has confronted all calls to leash in its nuclear and missile programmes even from China, which is its lone major ally and said that weapons are required for defense against US aggression. The diplomats said on Sunday that the U.N Security Council is to meet on Tuesday in a secret meeting to discuss on the recent test as it challenges the resolutions and sanctions of the Security Council. This meeting will happen at the request of the United States, South Korea, and Japan. The KCNA state news agency said while quoting Kim, “Saying with pride that the missile’s rate of hits is very accurate and Pukguksong-2 is a successful strategic weapon, he approved the deployment of this weapon system for action.”
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“The launch verified the reliability and accuracy of the solid-fuel engine’s operation and stage separation and the late-stage guidance of the nuclear warhead which was recorded by a device mounted on the warhead,” said KCNA. It added, “Viewing the images of the Earth being sent real-time from the camera mounted on the ballistic missile, Supreme leader Kim Jong Un said it feels grand to look at the Earth from the rocket we launched and the entire world looks so beautiful.” The use of solid fuel presents benefits for the weapons as the fuel is steadier and it’s very easy to transport in the missile’s tank leading to a launch at very short notice. The military of South Korea said, “The Pukguksong-2 flew about 500 km (310 miles), reaching an altitude of 560 km.” The South Korea’s military agreed that the test provided more “meaningful data” for the North’s missile programme but whether the North Korea mastered the re-entry technology for the warhead still needs extra analysis.
North Korean has been working on to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of outstanding the US mainland and they claimed on Sunday that it had developed the potential. On the other hand, western experts believe that the claim is overstated. According to the some of the experts, it will take by 2030 or more for the North Korea to such a technology. But the KCNA said that the missile test of last week puts Hawaii and Alaska within range. North Korea has claimed that they are developing the missile to destroy the United States of which they accuse preparing for an attack on them. The experts think that due to solid fuel engines and mobile launchers it has become more difficult to detect the signs of launch preparations. The co-director of the Global Security Program at the US-based union of scientists, David Wright, said in a blog post, “For military purposes, solid-fueled missiles have the advantage that they have the fuel loaded on them and can be launched quickly after they are moved to a launch site. Building large solid missiles are difficult.”
Wright said that it took decades for major superpowers such as France and China to go from a medium-range missile with an international ballistic missile. Recently, US President Donald Trump also warned that a “major, major conflict” is possible with North Korea. In a show of force, they sent the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group to Korean waters to carry out drills with South Korea and Japan. The US secretary of State Tex Tillerson said that the diplomatic and economic pressure would always remain. The Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan Yoshihide Suga said on Monday that, “We cannot absolutely tolerate the missile launch on May 21 and repeated provocative remarks and actions by North Korea. It is important to lower North Korea’s foreign currency earnings and prevent nuclear missile-related shipment and technological transfer in order to prevent North Korea’s nuclear missile development. We will fully implement our own sanctions against North Korea”.
The China has called its call for all parties to exercise self-control to not let the tension increase more. The South’s Unification Ministry spokesperson Lee Duk-haeng said on Monday, “it would not be desirable to have ties between the South and the North severed.” After winning an election on a platform of a more moderate approach to the North, Moon took his office on May 10. On the other hand, the South is still technically at war with as there’s no peace agreement signed at the end of their 1950-1953 clash.