NKorea fires mis­sile over Ja­pan in re­sponse to sanc­tions

Duterte: PH help­less; ‘If your time is up, your time is up’

Manila Times - - FRONT PAGE - AFP AND LLANESCA T. PANTI

re­spond­ing to new UN sanc­tions with what ap­peared to be its fur­thest- ever weapons pro­grams.

The launch, from near Py­ongyang, came af­ter the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil im­posed an eighth set of mea­sures on the iso­lated coun­try fol­low­ing its sixth nu­clear test ear­lier this month.

It was by far its largest to date and Py­ongyang said it was a hy­dro­gen bomb

In New York, the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil

called an emer­gency meet­ing for later Fri­day.

NATO Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Jens Stoltenberg Fri­day called for a “global re­sponse” to North Korea’s lat­est mis­sile launch, call­ing it “a reck­less breach of UN res­o­lu­tions.”

China con­demned Py­ongyang’s ac­tion and ap­pealed for re­straint to avoid in­flam­ing ten­sions in the re­gion.

“The Chi­nese side op­poses [North Korea’s] vi­o­la­tion of the res­o­lu­tion of the (UN) Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, and its use of bal­lis­tic mis­sile tech­nol­ogy for launch ac­tiv­i­ties,” for­eign min­istry spokes­woman Hua Chun­y­ing told a

In Manila, De­fense Sec­re­tary - dent Ro­drigo Duterte, con­ceded that the Philip­pines was help­less in case of North Korea at­tacked, say­ing there was no more time to build air raid shel­ters un­der­ground.

“What they (North Kore­ans) did was a very dan­ger­ous act. For one, their tech­nol­ogy is not ac­cu­rate. They might be aim­ing for some other, but it will drop into an­other coun­try like the Philip- pines. In­deed, it is very con­cern­ing. It could be 10 times more pow­er­ful that the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima [and Na­gasaki dur­ing World War 2],” Loren­zana told re­porters in the Pres­i­den­tial Palace.

“Now, I’m go­ing to tell you what the Pres­i­dent said. ‘What can we do,’ he said. We can’t shoot the mis­siles to pre­vent it from land­ing here. He said, ‘Just stick with what you’re do­ing reg­u­larly. Kung oras mo na, oras mo na (If your time is up, your time is up),’” Loren­zana added.

“We’ll just pray and hope that the mis­sile will drop some­where there in Pa­cific Ocean. We hope that the Amer­i­cans can stop the mis­sile that would hit us.”

Not a threat

- mand con­firmed Fri­day’s rocket was an in­ter­me­di­ate range bal­lis­tic mis­sile (IRBM) and said it did not pose a threat to North Amer­ica or to which Py­ongyang has threat­ened

But Ja­pan’s de­fense min­is­ter said Fri­day he be­lieved North Korea “has Guam in mind” af­ter its most re­cent mis­sile launch, not­ing US ter­ri­tory.

Seoul’s de­fense min­istry said it prob­a­bly trav­eled around 3,700 kilo­me­ters and reached a max­i­mum al­ti­tude of 770 kilo­me­ters.

It was “the fur­thest over­ground any of their bal­lis­tic mis­siles has ever trav­eled,” Joseph Dempsey of the In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute for Strate­gic Stud­ies said on Twit­ter.

Physi­cist David Wright, of the Union of Con­cerned Sci­en­tists, added: “North Korea demon­strated that it could reach Guam with this mis­sile, although the pay­load the mis­sile was car­ry­ing is not known” and its ac­cu­racy was in doubt.

The North has raised global ten­sions with its rapid progress in weapons tech­nol­ogy un­der leader Kim Jong-Un, who is closely as­so­ci­ated with the pro­gram and reg­u­larly pic­tured by state me­dia over­see­ing launches and vis­it­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

The North’s last mis­sile launch, a Hwa­song-12 IRBM just over two do so for years.

But when Py­ongyang tested two in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles in July that ap­peared to bring much of the US main­land tra­jec­to­ries that avoided pass­ing over the ar­chi­pel­ago na­tion.

“The North is send­ing a mes­sage which is, ‘we are not cow­er­ing be­fore any sanc­tions and our warn­ings are not empty threats,’” Yang Moo-Jin of the Univer­sity of North Korean Stud­ies in Seoul told AFP.

“It has vowed the US would face ‘pain and suf­fer­ing’ in re­tal­i­a­tion for the UN sanc­tions.”

‘Mis­sile launch!’

Mil­lions of Ja­panese were jolted awake by blar­ing sirens and emer­gency text mes­sage alerts af­ter the

“Mis­sile launch! mis­sile launch! A mis­sile ap­pears to have been launched from North Korea,” loud­speak­ers blared on Cape Erimo, on Hokkaido’s south­ern tip.

Break­fast tele­vi­sion pro­grams, which usu­ally broad­cast a light­hearted diet of chil­dren’s shows and gad­get fea­tures, in­stead a build­ing or a base­ment.”

AFP PHOTO

MIS­SILE TRACK

A man watches a screen show­ing a graphic of a North Korean mis­sile launch, at a rail­way sta­tion in Seoul. North Korea fired an in­ter­me­di­ate range bal­lis­tic mis­sile east­wards over Ja­pan and into the Pa­cific on Septem­ber 15, the US said, its lat­est provo­ca­tion amid high ten­sions over its banned weapons pro­grams.

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