John­son: ‘Test must be met by united re­sponse’

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WASH­ING­TON HAS called on all na­tions to take new mea­sures against North Korea af­ter Py­ongyang sent an in­ter­me­di­ate-range weapon hurtling over Ja­pan into the north­ern Pa­cific Ocean.

Sec­re­tary of state Rex Tiller­son said UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions ap­proved ear­lier this week “rep­re­sent the floor, not the ceil­ing, of the ac­tions we should take”.

His state­ment sin­gled out China and Rus­sia, which he said “must in­di­cate their in­tol­er­ance for th­ese reck­less mis­sile launches by tak­ing di­rect ac­tions of their own”.

The res­o­lu­tions pro­hibit any coun­try from au­tho­ris­ing new work per­mits for North Korean work­ers and cap Py­ongyang’s im­ports of crude oil and re­fined petroleum prod­ucts.

The lat­est mis­sile trav­elled about 2,300 miles and reached a max­i­mum height of 478 miles.

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, told re­porters that Moscow “res­o­lutely con­demns” such moves and said the mis­sile test will “lead to the fur­ther growth of ten­sions and the fur­ther es­ca­la­tion of ten­sions on the (Korean) penin­sula”.

Rus­sia backed the res­o­lu­tions passed by the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, but the Krem­lin has also been crit­i­cal of calls from the US to ramp up the sanc­tion pres­sure on North Korea.

China’s for­eign min­istry called for all sides to seek di­a­logue to re­duce the ten­sions.

Spokes­woman Hua Chun­y­ing told re­porters the sit­u­a­tion re­mains “com­plex, sen­si­tive and se­vere”.

She urged all par­ties to avoid ac­tions that might in­flame the THE GROW­ING fre­quency, power and con­fi­dence dis­played by th­ese tests seems to con­firm what gov­ern­ments and out­side ex­perts have long feared: North Korea is closer than ever to its goal of build­ing a mil­i­tary sit­u­a­tion, while adding that China, North Korea’s chief eco­nomic part­ner and diplo­matic ally, did not hold the key to re­solv­ing the is­sue.

China, one of five per­ma­nent veto-wield­ing mem­bers of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, agreed to the lat­est sanc­tions.

South Korean pres­i­dent Moon arse­nal that can vi­ably tar­get both US troops in Asia and the US home­land.

This, in turn, is meant to al­low North Korea greater mil­i­tary free­dom in the re­gion by rais­ing doubts in Seoul and Tokyo that Wash­ing­ton would risk the an­ni­hi­la­tion of a US city to pro­tect its Jae-in, a lib­eral who ini­tially pushed for talks with North Korea, said Py­ongyang’s tests cur­rently make di­a­logue “im­pos­si­ble”.

“The sanc­tions and pres­sure by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity will only tighten so that North Korea has no choice but to take the path for gen­uine di­a­logue.

“If North Korea pro­vokes us or our al­lies, we have the strength to smash the at­tempt at an early stage and in­flict a level of dam­age it would be im­pos­si­ble to re­cover from.”

Mr Moon also spoke on the phone with Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe about their re­sponse. Asian al­lies. Ro­bust diplo­macy on the is­sue has been stalled for years, and there is lit­tle sign that se­nior of­fi­cials from Py­ongyang and Wash­ing­ton might sit down to dis­cuss ways to slow the North’s de­ter­mined march to­ward in­clu­sion among the world’s nu­clear weapons pow­ers.

North Korea has been ac­cel­er­at­ing its nu­clear weapons de­vel­op­ment un­der leader Kim Jongun, a third-gen­er­a­tion dic­ta­tor who has con­ducted four of North Korea’s six nu­clear tests since tak­ing power in 2011.

The weapons are be­ing tested at a tor­rid pace and in­clude solid-fuel mis­siles de­signed to be launched from road mo­bile launch­ers or sub­marines and are thus less de­tectable be­fore­hand.

North Korea claimed its lat­est nu­clear test was a det­o­na­tion of a ther­monu­clear weapon built for its in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles, which could po­ten­tially reach deep into the US main­land when per­fected.

The mis­sile was launched from Su­nan, Py­ongyang’s in­ter­na­tional air­port and the ori­gin of the ear­lier mis­sile that flew over Ja­pan.

The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved new sanc­tions over the nu­clear test. THE LAT­EST mis­sile launch by North Korea must be met with a united in­ter­na­tional re­sponse, For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son has urged.

Kim Jong-un’s regime fired an in­ter­me­di­ate-range mis­sile over Ja­pan and into the Pa­cific Ocean – the sec­ond such test in re­cent weeks. Mr John­son con­demned the test as “il­le­gal” and the lat­est sign of “provo­ca­tion” from Py­ongyang.

“Yet an­other il­le­gal mis­sile launch by North Korea. UK and in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity will stand to­gether in the face of th­ese provo­ca­tions,” he said on Twit­ter.

In a sub­se­quent state­ment, he added: “The UK and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity have con­demned the ag­gres­sive and il­le­gal ac­tions of the North Korean regime, and the suc­ces­sion of mis­sile and nu­clear tests. We stand firmly by Ja­pan and our other in­ter­na­tional part­ners.

“We are work­ing to mo­bilise world opin­ion with the aim of achiev­ing a diplo­matic so­lu­tion to the sit­u­a­tion on the Korean penin­sula.

“This week the most strin­gent UN sanc­tions regime placed on any na­tion in the 21st cen­tury was im­posed on North Korea, af­ter be­ing unan­i­mously agreed at the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

“Th­ese mea­sures now need to be ro­bustly en­forced. We urge all states to play their part in changing the course North Korea is tak­ing.”

Be­fore the lat­est launch, Mr John­son had called for China to use its in­flu­ence over North Korea to ease ten­sions caused by Py­ongyang’s nu­clear and mis­sile de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes.

At a press con­fer­ence with US coun­ter­part Rex Tiller­son on Thurs­day, Mr John­son said Py­ongyang had “de­fied the world”.

Down­ing Street said the UK’s fo­cus was on press­ing China to keep up the pres­sure on the North Korean regime to change course. “The PM is ou­traged by North Korea’s con­tin­ued reck­less provo­ca­tion and she strongly con­demns the regime’s il­le­gal tests,” a No 10 spokesman said.

“We are look­ing to China to in­flu­ence North Korea and keep up the pres­sure on North Korea to change course.”

Peo­ple walk past a pub­lic TV screen in Tokyo show­ing a file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un dur­ing news on North’s mis­sile launch.

South Korea’s Hyun­moo II bal­lis­tic mis­sile is fired dur­ing an ex­er­cise at an undis­closed lo­ca­tion in South Korea.

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