On the morning of August 16th, North Korea carried out another test of its new “projectiles,” state news agency KCNA reported.
Allegedly this is a new weapon, but it’s the same kind of “Juche” projectile weapon that the North tested just days earlier.
Kim had observed the launch of “juche shells” — a weapon that experts said was a weapon akin to the type of missiles tested on August 10th.
“Juche” refers to the North’s national ideology of self-reliance.
North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un was quoted as urging all to “remember that it is the Party’s core plan and fixed will for defence building to possess such a powerful force strong enough to discourage any forces from daring to provoke us and to leave all others vulnerable to our Juche weapons of absolute power even though there comes the situation where physical strengths clash with each other.”
The statement of the new weapon tests was released on August 17th, when the KCNA published a commentary condemning US and South Korean military drills that just finished.
“This is an open denial and an outright challenge to the historic DPRK-U.S. joint statement in which commitments were made to establish new DPRK-U.S. relations and build lasting and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula.”
KCNA further cited unnamed experts on the situation, commenting on the joint military exercises, pointed out that “they are not favorable for building mutual trust and can entail countermeasure of the DPRK as they still take the DPRK for an imaginary enemy” and that “they may render tense the situation on the Korean Peninsula again.”
The commentary further said that military exercises always “presupposed an actual war.”
In addition, the North claimed that it was fulfilling its commitments, but the US and South Korea were not.
“No law stipulates that the one side may backtrack from commitments and only we have to fulfill them.
The right answer for removing all the potential and direct threats posed to the security of our state is the constant development of powerful physical means and their deployment for an actual war.
The U.S. should keep in mind that our repeated warnings are not hot air.”
One of the leading South Korean outlets and one of the medias that perpetuate the most propaganda against the North – Yonhap reported on the weapon tests.
“North Korea fired two short-range projectiles presumed to be ballistic missiles into the East Sea.”
This made the 6th missile test since July 25th.
They were fired shortly after North Korea warned it could end its dialogue with South Korea in apparent protest against the ongoing Seoul-Washington military exercise.
The situation is exacerbated by Seoul’s defense plan outlining its five-year major weapons procurement projects.
The two projectiles were launched at around 8:01 and 8:16 a.m. from its eastern coastal county of Tongchon in Kangwon Province into the East Sea, and both flew around 230 kilometers at a maximum altitude of 30 km and a top speed of around Mach 6.1, the Joint Chiefs of Staff was cited.
“The flight range, maximum height and speed of the projectiles fired today led us to presume that they appear to be short-range ballistic missiles, but more in-depth analysis is needed to confirm if they were similar ones to those fired in previous launches or not,” an unnamed JCS officer said.
“Our military is monitoring the situation in case of additional launches while maintaining a readiness posture,” the JCS said.
These launches came six days, after an August 10th launch in which North Korea fired two projectiles believed to be short-range ballistic missiles bearing outward similarities to the U.S.’ Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), a surface-to-surface missile system.
Yonhap, in a separate, report cited Kurt Campbell, former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs who said that US President Donald Trump may accept North Korea as a nuclear weapons state.
“One hears persistent rumors and feedback that, on occasion, the president will ask: ‘What’s wrong with just letting them have — acknowledging that? He seems like a perfectly reasonable guy. We can live with these guys. So what? We can manage the results,'” Campbell said, apparently referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
“I think there have been enough people that have pushed back on this now that I don’t think the president has as yet been prepared to move in that direction. But my instinct tells me that he would take that deal.”
Campbell suggested that Trump could aggressively push his agenda if he wins reelection in 2020.
“If he is reelected, then he will have the opportunity to completely reshape the Republican Party,” he said. “The only thing that will then matter — the way you’re tested is not what your views are on trade, what your views are on human rights. Are you able to hew immediately — even if it means changing course 180 degrees — with the line that the president sets?”
US officials haven’t provided a response yet, specifically there’s been no mention of it from US President Donald Trump.
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