‘More mis­siles to come’

> North Korea says rocket launch first step in Pa­cific op­er­a­tion

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SEOUL: The United Na­tions con­demned North Korea’s “out­ra­geous” fir­ing of a bal­lis­tic mis­sile over Ja­pan on Tues­day, de­mand­ing Py­ongyang halt its weapons pro­gramme but hold­ing back on any threat of new sanc­tions on the iso­lated regime.

North Korea said the launch of an in­ter­me­di­ate-range bal­lis­tic mis­sile was to counter US and South Korean mil­i­tary drills and was a first step in mil­i­tary ac­tion in the Pa­cific to “con­tain” the Amer­i­can ter­ri­tory of Guam.

The North’s leader Kim Jong-Un or­dered the launch to be con­ducted for the first time from its cap­i­tal, Py­ongyang, and said more ex­er­cises with the Pa­cific as the tar­gets are needed, KCNA news agency said yes­ter­day.

“The cur­rent bal­lis­tic rocket launch­ing drill like a real war is the first step of the mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion of the KPA in the Pa­cific and a mean­ing­ful pre­lude to con­tain­ing Guam,” KCNA quoted Kim as say­ing.

The Korean Peo­ple’s Army or KPA is the North’s mil­i­tary.

Ear­lier this month, North Korea threat­ened to fire four mis­siles into the sea near Guam, home to a ma­jor US mil­i­tary pres­ence, af­ter Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said the North would face “fire and fury” if it threat­ened the United States.

In a state­ment, the 15-mem­ber Se­cu­rity Coun­cil said it was of “vi­tal im­por­tance” that North Korea take im­me­di­ate, con­crete ac­tions to re­duce ten­sions and called on all states to im­ple­ment UN sanc­tions on Py­ongyang.

How­ever, the US-drafted state­ment, which was agreed by con­sen­sus, does not threaten new sanc­tions on North Korea.

Diplo­mats say veto-wield­ing coun­cil mem­bers China and Rus­sia typ­i­cally only view a test of a lon­grange mis­sile or a nu­clear weapon as a trig­ger for fur­ther pos­si­ble sanc­tions. – Reuters


A Hwa­song-12 bal­lis­tic rocket lifts off from its launch­ing pad at an undis­closed lo­ca­tion near Py­ongyang on Mon­day in this pic­ture re­leased by KCNA on Tues­day.


Smoke rises from what is be­lieved to be a burn­ing vil­lage in an area near Maung­daw yes­ter­day.

Res­i­dents in the Ja­panese city of Wa­jima cover their heads dur­ing an evac­u­a­tion drill for North Korean mis­siles yes­ter­day.

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