Anti-North Korea al­lies poised to at­tack after mis­sile is launched over Ja­pan

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By COLIN HURST news@sun­daysport.co.uk

North Korean of­fi­cial Rodong Sin­mun said in de­fi­ance: “The U.S. should know that it can nei­ther brow­beat the DPRK with eco­nomic sanc­tions and mil­i­tary threats and black­mails nor make the DPRK flinch from the road cho­sen by it­self.”

An­gry South Korea re­sponded im­me­di­ately to Py­ongyang’s mis­sile with an ag­gres­sive show of force, con­duct­ing a live drill on a shoot­ing range close to its bor­der with the North, and threat­en­ing the lead­ers of the her­mit state with “ex­ter­mi­na­tion”.

Four F-15 fighter jets dropped eight MK-84 bombs that ac­cu­rately hit tar­gets at a mil­i­tary field in Gang­won-do, near the north­east coast of South Korea, Seoul’s pres­i­den­tial spokesman Park Su-hyun said.

Blast

Each bomb weighs 2,000lbs and can blast through 30 feet of earth and 11 feet of con­crete.

“If North Korea threat­ens the se­cu­rity of the South Korean peo­ple and the South Korea-US al­liance with their nu­clear weapons and mis­siles, our air forces will ex­ter­mi­nate the lead­er­ship of North Korea with our strong strike ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” South Korean Colonel Lee Kuk-no warned in the video.

A Down­ing Street spokesman said: “The Prime Min­is­ter is out­raged by North Korea’s provo­ca­tion and she strongly con­demns these il­le­gal tests. From our per­spec­tive, we are will­ing to con­tinue to work with in­ter­na­tional part­ners to keep the pres­sure on North Korea.”

A UN source said: “This is bla­tant provo­ca­tion. Ev­ery­one knows Trump is nuts and it’s very easy to imag­ine this lat­est mis­sile prompt­ing re­tal­i­a­tions.

“He could launch a nu­clear at­tack. We could have World War 3 by Thurs­day.”

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