US should ‘calm down’ on N.Korea

THAAD shoots down test medium-range mis­sile tar­get

Global Times US Edition - - TOPNEWS - By Zhao Yusha

The US said on Sun­day that it suc­cess­fully shot down a medium-range bal­lis­tic mis­sile tar­get with its Ter­mi­nal High Al­ti­tude Area De­fense (THAAD) mis­sile de­fense pro­gram, ig­nor­ing China’s call for rel­e­vant par­ties to act pru­dently af­ter North Korea’s lat­est mis­sile test on Fri­day.

The US Mis­sile De­fense Agency said Sun­day that the US has now suc­cess­fully in­ter­cepted test tar­gets 15 times for its THAAD weapon sys­tem, Reuters re­ported.

The THAAD sys­tem’s test is the US’ way of show­ing sup­port to its ally in North­east Asia, as it re­mains un­cer­tain whether the sys­tem could suc­cess­fully shoot down a medium-range mis­sile from North Korea in the nar­row land­scape of the Korean Penin­sula, Lü Chao, a re­searcher on North Korea at the Liaon­ing Academy of So­cial Sciences, told the Global Times.

The US should calm down in­stead of ir­ri­tat­ing North Korea at this crit­i­cal pe­riod as the North has fre­quently tested mis­siles in re­cent days with more ma­ture tech­nol­ogy, he added.

The US test, con­ducted over the Pa­cific Ocean, comes amid height­ened ten­sions with North Korea, which on Sat­ur­day said it had con­ducted its own suc­cess­ful test of an in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile that proved it has the ca­pac­ity to strike the US main­land.

The US also flew two B-1B bombers over the Korean Penin­sula on Sun­day, said Reuters.

Amid the ten­sions, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump tweeted twice on Sat­ur­day that he was “very dis­ap­pointed” in China and that it had done noth­ing with re­gard to North Korea.

“...they do NOTH­ING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer al­low this to con­tinue. China could eas­ily solve this prob­lem!” Trump tweeted.

Lü said that it is un­rea­son­able for the US to blame China as China and North Korea are two sov­er­eign states and no one has any power to “solve” the other’s prob­lem.

Mean­while, he added that China has made suf­fi­cient ef­forts to solve the prob­lem, and it has strictly im­ple­mented res­o­lu­tions of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

China has banned im­ports of coal, iron ore, gold, rare earths, and sev­eral other raw min­er­als from North Korea, and has banned the sale of jet fuel to North Korea as well.

How­ever, the US al­ways wants China to take tougher ac­tion against North Korea, which means cut all im­ports, Lü said.

He said it is un­rea­son­able and im­pos­si­ble be­cause China has a hu­man­i­tar­ian obli­ga­tion to pro­vide North Korean peo­ple with a liveli­hood.

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