Mil­i­tary equilib­rium sought with U.S.

The Buffalo News - - WORLD NEWS - – Wash­ing­ton Post

SEOUL – North Korea is seek­ing mil­i­tary “equilib­rium” with the United States as a way to stop Amer­i­can lead­ers from talk­ing about mil­i­tary op­tions for deal­ing with Py­ongyang, Kim Jong Un said af­ter su­per­vis­ing the launch of another mis­sile over Ja­pan.

And North Korea would con­tinue to run “full speed and straight” to­ward achiev­ing this goal, Kim told his top mis­sile unit, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est state­ment from his state news agency.

For the sec­ond time in three weeks, North Korea on Fri­day sent an in­ter­me­di­ate-range mis­sile over the north­ern Ja­panese is­land of Hokkaido. It trav­eled for 2,300 miles in an east­erly di­rec­tion, land­ing in the Pa­cific Ocean.

But if it had been launched south-east­ward, it could eas­ily have passed the U.S. ter­ri­tory of Guam, some 2,100 miles from the launch site in Py­ongyang.

Kim, the North Korean leader who has pressed ahead with alarm­ing speed on his state’s nu­clear and mis­sile pro­grams, has been threat­en­ing to “en­velop” Guam with mis­siles if the United States does not stop its “hos­tile pol­icy” to­ward the North.

In the lat­est state­ment, Kim said that North Korea’s “fi­nal goal is to es­tab­lish the equilib­rium of real force with the U.S. and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about mil­i­tary op­tion[s].”

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