North Korea has fired it 4th missile test in the last 30 days. Signaling that international sanctions will not deter the antagonistic nation from perfecting its missile program while leaving U.S. missile defense leaders concerned about the nations advances.
From NK News
North Korea launched multiple missiles towards the Sea of Japan (East Sea) from near the eastern coastal city of Wonsan, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said on Thursday morning.
The JCS said that the projectiles are assumed to be surface to sea cruise missiles, and that they flew 200km.
“North Korea launched unidentified multiple projectiles -which have been presumed to be short-range cruise surface to ship missiles – toward the East Sea,” a statement from the JCS read, adding that President Moon Jae-in, was immediately notified of the events as is protocol.
This is the 4th missile test by North Korea since Moon Jae-in took office on May 10th, and is the 10th missile test this year.
It appears that virtually nothing is deterring Kim Jong Un from perfecting North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.
The launches come less than a week after the United Nations Security Council passed fresh sanctions on the reclusive state, which said it would continued to pursue its nuclear and missile program without delay.
The head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, Vice Admiral James Syring, has expressed concern in the hermit kingdom’s advances. From Reuters:
“I would not say we are comfortably ahead of the threat; I would say we are addressing the threat that we know today,” Syring said.
“The advancements in the last six months have caused great concern to me and others, in the advancement of and demonstration of technology of ballistic missiles from North Korea.
“It is incumbent on us to assume that North Korea today can range the United States with an ICBM carrying a nuclear warhead.”
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