Yesterday’s launch a response to the US-South Korean joint military exercises. Trump: All options are on the table. The UN Security Council condemns the launch as "outrageous". No further sanctions. China and Russia also criticize the US for increasing tensions.
Seoul (AsiaNews) - The launch of the missile yesterday crossing the skies of Japan is just "the first step" for a military operation in the Pacific that will target Guam as well, according to some articles and comments appearing on the North State Agency, the Kcna
Quoting leader Kim Jong-un, it states that yesterday's exercise was "like a royal war", "the first step in a military operation of the KPA [the Korean People's Army] in the Pacific and a significant prelude to contain Guam ".
Guam is the US air and naval base for reconnaissance aircraft in Korean skies and ships currently involved in joint military exercises with South Korea in the Pacific. Over the past few weeks, Pyongyang's leader had already threatened to hit Guam.
Kcna also said that yesterday’s launch is a direct response to these joint exercises. Pyongyang sees the annual exercises as a "preparation" for the invasion of the North.
The launch made yesterday is perhaps the longest-range to date and was condemned by many countries in the world, including Russia and China, historic allies of North Korea. US President Donald Trump said that "threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the isolation of the North Korean regime in the region and among all the nations of the world." And he added that "all options are on the table".
Yesterday afternoon, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting and unanimously condemned the launch, calling it "outrageous." No further sanctions were passed. China and Russia, while backing the statement of condemnation, wanted to point out that the recent escalation of tension also stems from the US attitude that led to the UN unilaterally adding sanctions.
China has repeated the demand that US and South Korea eliminate the Thaad anti-missile defense system.
UN Security Council convokes emergency meeting for this afternoon. Yesterday’s hydrogen almost 10 times stronger than the previous one. North Korea celebrates "perfect success". Seoul and Tokyo demand maximum increase in sanctions to bring Kim Jong-un to the negotiating table. Military exercises with missiles in the south. Threats to military operations by the US. For some analysts, the aim is to provoke China's embarrassment.
US Ambassador: Pyongyang is beggingg for a war. The patience of the US "is not without limits". For China and Russia call for efforts to curb rising tensions. Stop joint military exercises in exchange for dialogue with the North. Putin on the phone with Moon Jae-in. Trump proposes arms sales to South Korea.
The nuclear test is "a provocative and destabilizing action", "dangerous to the world" and is not in Pyongyang's best interests. North Ambassador to the UN: The test is "a gift package to the US". Four more Thaad anti-missile launchers installed, angering Beijing and Moscow.
Shinzo Abe and Korean Kang Kyung-wha in talks with US allies. UN Security Council calls emergency session for this afternoon. Increased sanctions are expected to push the North into dialogue. But Pyongyang is able to circumnavigate them.
The US draft “watered-down": only 30% of North's petroleum, textiles and work exports cut. No freezing of Kim Jong-un's foreign accounts. For Pyongyang, the US is "a thirsty animal". Seoul excludes the return of US nuclear warheads.