NORTH’S MIS­SILES

New Straits Times - - Opinion -

sile, which has an an­tibal­lis­tic mis­sile ca­pa­bil­ity.

The SM-3 Block 1B, with its range of about 640km and a max­i­mum al­ti­tude of 183,000m (the ther­mo­sphere), can in­ter­cept bal­lis­tic mis­siles and is part of the US’s Bal­lis­tic Mis­sile De­fence sys­tem.

We could re­quest the US Navy to de­ploy two such de­stroy­ers — one off our east coast, the other in the Straits of Malacca — to cover and de­fend our coun­try in the event of an at­tack.

Com­ing back to the Jong-nam is­sue, while it is ac­knowl­edged that the right of sovereignty rests with our coun­try since his as­sas­si­na­tion oc­curred on our soil, we must take into ac­count two fac­tors:

HE is a ci­ti­zen of North Korea; and,

HE is a di­rect re­la­tion of their supreme com­man­der.

As such, I be­lieve that it would be pro­to­col and a ges­ture of good­will on our part to:

AL­LOW North Korea to play a part in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of this in­ci­dent; and,

RE­TURN his body to their coun­try and their leader, and let them han­dle the task of lo­cat­ing his next of kin.

THAM WAI KEONG

De­fence an­a­lyst, Kuala Lumpur

Ex­er­cis­ing can pre­vent kid­ney dis­ease.

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