HOPES FOR PEACE DASHED,

Mis­sile launch ma­jor set­back for de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion ef­forts, says South Korean For­eign Min­istry

New Straits Times - - World -

SEOUL

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

AP PIC

South Kore­ans watch­ing a TV news pro­gramme show­ing a file im­age of a mis­sile launched by North Korea at the Seoul Rail­way Sta­tion yes­ter­day.

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