More pow­er­ful weapons needed to de­fend against the US, says Kim

New Straits Times - - Excellence in Education - Peo­ple at­tend­ing a vigil on Mon­day for the vic­tims of last week’s ter­ror at­tack at a pop con­cert at Manch­ester Arena in Manch­ester.

NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong-un su­per­vised the test of a new bal­lis­tic mis­sile con­trolled by a pre­ci­sion guid­ance sys­tem and or­dered the devel­op­ment of more pow­er­ful strate­gic weapons, the North’s of­fi­cial KCNA news agency re­ported yes­ter­day.

The mis­sile launched on Mon- day was equipped with an ad­vanced au­to­mated pre-launch se­quence com­pared with pre­vi­ous ver­sions of the “Hwa­song” rock­ets, North Korea’s name for its Scud-class mis­siles, KCNA said.

The North’s test launch of a short-range bal­lis­tic mis­sile landed in the sea off its east coast and was the lat­est in a fast-paced se­ries of mis­sile tests de­fy­ing in­ter­na­tional pres­sure and the threat of more sanc­tions.

Kim said the reclu­sive state would de­velop more pow­er­ful weapons in mul­ti­ple phases in ac­cor­dance with its timetable to de­fend North Korea against the United States.

“He ex­pressed the con­vic­tion that it would make a greater leap for­ward in this spirit to send a big­ger ‘gift pack­age’ to the Yan­kees” in re­tal­i­a­tion for Amer­i­can mil­i­tary provo­ca­tion, KCNA quoted Kim as say­ing.

South Korea said it had con­ducted a joint drill with a US su­per­sonic B-1B Lancer bomber on Mon­day. North Korea’s state me­dia ear­lier ac­cused the US of stag­ing a drill to prac­tise drop­ping nu­clear bombs on the Korean penin­sula.

The US Navy said its air­craft car­rier strike group, led by the USS Carl Vin­son, also planned a drill with an­other US nu­clear car­rier, the USS Ron­ald Rea­gan, in wa­ters near the Korean penin­sula.

North Korea calls such drills a prepa­ra­tion for war.


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