HOPES FOR PEACE DASHED,
Missile launch major setback for denuclearisation efforts, says South Korean Foreign Ministry
ISABELLE HUPPERT, French actress to seek ways to reduce tension on the peninsula.
Moon took office 11 days ago after winning an election on a platform of a more moderate approach to the North, with which the South is still technically at war since no peace treaty was signed at the end of their 19501953 conflict.
South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said the tests were “reckless and irresponsible actions throwing cold water over the hopes and desires of this new government and the international community for denuclearisation and peace on the Korean peninsula”.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the latest missile test by the reclusive North was “a snub and a challenge to international efforts for a peaceful resolution”.
After a meeting of Japan’s National Security Council, Abe said he wanted to raise the issue of North Korean missile launches at the Group of Seven leaders’ summit in Italy this month. China had no immediate comment.
Kim Dong-yub, a military expert at Kyungnam University’s Institute for Far Eastern Studies
MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017 here, said the North appeared to be testing and perfecting both solid and liquid-fuelled missiles, which might help explain why the pace of its tests had increased.
“I think the team to develop liquid fuel missiles are being pitted against the solid fuel team,” Kim said. “The liquid fuel team succeeded on May 14 so the solid fuel team went for another round to achieve success. That is why the speed of North Korea’s missile development is going beyond imagination.”
Yesterday’s missile was launched from a location near Pukchang, 60km northeast of the capital Pyongyang, an area where North Korea attempted to testlaunch another missile last month but failed, South Korea’s Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff said. “The flight range was 500km and South Korea and the United States are analysing additional information,” it said in a statement.
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the missile landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone and no damage to ships or airplanes was reported. Reuters
South Koreans watching a TV news programme showing a file image of a missile launched by North Korea at the Seoul Railway Station yesterday.