North Korea launches multiple missiles: South Korea defence ministry

Ruben Ruiz
June 8, 2017

China's top priority is stability on its borders and, angry as it is about North Korea's continued provocations, it is considered unlikely to inflict serious pain on the Kim regime while it conducts only missile tests.

The test ICBM, which was equipped with decoys and flew thousands of miles per hour, was destroyed "thousands of miles off the coast" of the U.S. mainland, with the intercept taking place northeast of Hawaii, the director of the Missile Defense Agency, Vice Adm. Jim Syring, told reporters at the Pentagon shortly after the test.

SEJONG - The South Korean economy has been on a modest recovery path thanks to brisk exports and investment despite a slight downturn in industrial output, a state-run think tank said Thursday. The statement said the launches were immediately reported to South Korean President Moon Jae-in but gave no further details. Analysts say the latest test appeared to be aimed at keeping up pressures on Moon to wrest concessions.

Four more launchers arrived recently in the South and are now being stored at a US army base in the country, which plays host to some 28,500 USA troops as a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

Moon knew about those two launchers, but he didn't know another four had arrived in the country - and he wasn't happy about it.

When Lee Hae-Chan, South Korea's special presidential envoy, visited Beijing last month, President Xi Jinping "did not concede anything" during their meeting, the Times report said.

Correction: A previous version of this story said two THAAD missile-defense batteries were installed in South Korea.

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China - the South's biggest trading partner - has in recent months taken a series of measures against South Korean businesses seen as economic retaliation for THAAD. "Seoul's will has been shaken", the paper said. "Without solving the problem of THAAD, the pain it has brought to bilateral relations will not disappear, and South Korea must swallow some of the bitter results".

However China adamantly opposes the THAAD regional deployment that could potentially give the US the means to counter its missile capabilities as well.

The launches come less than a week after the United Nations Security Council passed fresh sanctions on the reclusive state, which said it would continue to pursue its nuclear and weapons program without delay. "All sides should work together to de-escalate tensions and take active steps to stabilize the region".

These demands include the removal of almost 30,000 US troops in South Korea meant to check North Korean aggression.

Seoul, Tokyo and Washington were analyzing the launches for further information, officials said.

Two US aircraft carriers, the USS Carl Vinson and the USS Ronald Reagan, have recently departed the Korean Peninsula after conducting exercises there in what a US official described as a message to North Korea.

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