North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test confirms that Pyongyang now has the capability to launch a full-blown nuclear strike.
According to State-run news agency KCNA, the missile test proves ‘beyond a shadow of a doubt’ that North Korea can nuke America at any time.
The test “aimed at verifying the tactical and technological specifications of the newly-developed ballistic rocket capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead,” KCNA reported.
“The test-fire proved to the full all the technical specifications of the rocket, which was newly designed in a Korean-style by defence scientists and technicians,” the report said.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un reportedly said the US would “not escape from the biggest disaster in the history” if it continued to “awkwardly” attempt to provoke the regime.
He also warned the US should not “disregard or misjudge the reality” that its mainland and Pacific operation region were in range for a strike.
Prime Minister Turnbull told reporters in Sydney today Australia would continue to work with the US and its partners to impose great sanctions on North Korea.
“The North Korean regime has continued its reckless and provocative and unlawful conduct,” he said.
“We will continue to work with our ally, the United States, and our partners, to impose sanctions on North Korea but as both the US President and I and others have said, the greatest responsibility for bringing North Korea to its senses lies with China.”
Mr Turnbull further clarified he did not imply North Korea was a satellite state of China but said the Asian superpower had the greatest leverage over Pyongyang and “the greatest responsibility”.
“We look forward to enhanced co-operation between China and the United States and the other nations, including ourselves, focused on ensuring that there is peace and stability on the Peninsula,” he said.
TRUMP SLAMS N KOREA
US President Donald Trump has called North Korea a “flagrant menace” as world leaders condemned the rogue nation’s latest ballistic missile test.
South Korea and Japan also spoke out against the missile launch, which came just days after South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in was inaugurated in Seoul.
The flight “was not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile”, the US Pacific Command said.
A statement from US President Donald Trump’s White House called North Korea a “flagrant menace” and urged “far stronger sanctions” against the reclusive nation.
“With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil — in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan — the president cannot imagine that Russia is pleased,” the statement added.
Moon, who convened an emergency meeting of South Korea’s National Security Council after the launch, said the missile test clearly violated UN Security Council resolutions and was a “grave challenge” to security in the region, the Yonhap news agency reported.
He also ordered the military to speed up the establishment of South Korea’s KAMD missile defence system.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the latest launch “absolutely unacceptable” and said that repeated missile tests by Pyongyang were a “severe threat to our country” and a clear contravention of UN resolutions. The missile flew around 700km, suggesting the test was successful, Yonhap reported.
The UN Security Council will hold urgent consultations on North Korea’s latest test at the request of the United States, Japan and South Korea.