North Korea has launched yet another missile over Japan, this time it landed even further than the last; showing that they could indeed hit Guam without any trouble. The launch comes just days after The UN imposed sanctions on NK for their continued nuclear program and aggressive actions.
South Korea reacted by running a Live Fire Missile drill whilst the NK rocket was still in flight. The display was designed to show the Kim regime that it could react instantaneously to an attack. Their first missile travelled the exact distance needed to destroy Pyongyang, but their second failed and ditched into the ocean.
Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has condemned North Korea fully. He said “If North Korea continues to walk this road, there will be no bright future. We need to get North Korea to understand that.” He insists that the UN Security Council sanctions be followed and implemented completely.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that the present sanctions need to be “the floor, not the ceiling” in terms of dealing with North Korea. He said:
“North Korea’s provocative missile launch represents the second time the people of Japan, a treaty ally of the United States, have been directly threatened in recent weeks.
“These continued provocations only deepen North Korea’s diplomatic and economic isolation.
“United Nations security council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take. We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim regime.
“China supplies North Korea with most of its oil. Russia is the largest employer of North Korean forced labor.
“China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own.”