S. Korean leader observes missile test amid North's threats

Randolph Lopez
June 26, 2017

The North, now under a raft of UN crippling sanctions over its military programs, says it will continue those programs until the United States ends its hostility toward the country, slamming the controversial deployment of US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korea.

Mike Elleman, the senior fellow for missile defense at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, said that North Korea may have started to domestically produce a rocket engine it better understands and can more quickly integrate into weapons. "If a North Korean delegation takes part in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, I believe it will greatly contribute to realizing the Olympic values of friendship and peace", President Moon said, according to a script of his remarks released by the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul.

China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be "complete, verifiable and irreversible", Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks in Washington this week.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in observed the test-firing of a new midrange missile the country is developing to cope with growing threats from North Korea.

"I hope North Korea's cheering squad could also join us to establish a platform for the reconciliation of South and North Korea.". "If this last stage engine is complete, then Pyongyang could test launch its ICBM within two months".

The US has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea and has helped the nation set up a controversial Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence system, created to shoot down a North Korean ballistic missile.

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"The North has been building up missile capability for decades".

A series of ballistic missiles fired by the rotund ruler has led to fears that he is readying to fire at South Korea.

North Korea this year has tested several new missile systems, including a powerful mid-range missile experts say could one day reach targets as far as Hawaii or Alaska.

China's top diplomat, Mr Yang Jiechi, told US President Donald Trump at the White House that Beijing was willing to "maintain communication and coordination" with Washington to defuse tension on the Korean peninsula, according to a statement yesterday.

In 2015, North Korea's foreign minister made the country's first-ever official visit to India, meeting with Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj.

Earlier this month, two North Korean sailors, who were rescued by the South after drifting in the East Sea, also expressed their wish to defect.

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