South Korea conducts cruise missile drill amid North's threats

Randolph Lopez
September 15, 2017

A North Korean state agency threatened yesterday to use nuclear weapons to "sink" Japan and reduce the United States to "ashes and darkness" for backing a United Nations Security Council resolution and sanctions over its latest nuclear test. If enforced, it would deprive North Korea of 30 percent of its annual fuel imports.

The 28-member bloc said it was adding nine individuals and four organisations to the blacklist, including the North Korean state-owned Foreign Trade Bank, in line with UN sanctions announced in August after Pyongyang tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States.

The watchdog noted Tuesday that images appeared to show two white vehicles near the north portal of the test "and their presence could be indicative of a post-test inspection effort". Japan, for example, gave an estimate of 160 kilotons, and South Korea's was as low as 50 kilotons.

The South Korean military said the air-to-surface Taurus missile was sacked from an F-15 fighter jet, then traveled through obstacles at low altitudes before precisely hitting a designated target over the sea off the country's western coast.

Writing for 38 North, the Johns Hopkins University website dedicated to North Korea issues, analysts Frank V. Pabian, Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu say North Korea's site now has "additional slippage" in "pre-existing landslide scars" and a "possible subsidence crater". Five days later, North Korea tested its most powerful nuclear bomb yet, which was at least seven times more powerful than the one America dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

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North Korea carries out its nuclear tests in a complex of tunnels at its Punggye-ri site and images of the mountains, in this case Mount Mantap, above it can give experts a sense of where the device was tested exactly and how powerful it was. "The significance of this is that it has the potential to dramatically increase the threat posed by" its ballistic missiles.

On the other hand, Mattis has called the submarine-based component "sacrosanct" and also has said it is necessary to retain the ability to fire nuclear weapons from planes.

"I can not solve the deterrent problem reducing it from a triad". On July 28, North Korea tested one that could theoretically hit major USA cities like Chicago, New York, or even Washington, DC.

The missile, manufactured by Germany's Taurus Systems, has a maximum range of 500 kilometres and is equipped with stealth characteristics that will allow it to avoid radar detection before hitting North Korean targets, according to Seoul's Defence Ministry.

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