North Korea launches another missile, lands in Sea of Japan

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CNBC: North Korean missile lands in Sea of Japan, Pentagon says

North Korea on Tuesday fired a missile that traveled about 1000 km before crashing into the Sea of Japan, the Pentagon said in a statement.

 

The Department of Defense said that initial assessments indicated the missile was an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM. In a news conference, Japan’s defense minister also said it seemed to be an ICBM.

The missile went higher than any shot North Korea had previously taken, according to Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered an emergency meeting of Cabinet ministers following the launch, North Korea’s first since Sept. 15, when one flew over northern Japan and into the Pacific Ocean.

Yonhap News: (LEAD) N.K. may announce completion of nuke force next year: Seoul official

SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s unification minister said Tuesday that North Korea may announce the completion of its nuclear weapons programs next year as the North has been working on its nuclear arsenal at a faster pace.
Cho Myoung-gyon made the remark as North Korea seeks to develop nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) capable of reaching as far as the U.S. mainland.
“North Korea has been developing its nuclear weapons at a faster-than-expected pace. We cannot rule out the possibility that North Korea could announce its completion of a clear force within one year,” Cho told foreign correspondents in Seoul.
He said that next year will be a key year for North Korea as the wayward regime marks the 70th anniversary of its establishment in 2018.
The North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in September and fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles this year. But it has refrained from provocations following its launch of an intermediate-range missile over Japan on Sept. 15.

Daily Mail: BREAKING NEWS: North Korea launches new ballistic missile which flies for 50 minutes before it splashes down in Japanese waters

North Korea has fired another ballistic missile, which flew for 50 minutes, travelling around 620 miles, before landing in Japanese waters.
The intercontinental ballistic missile was launched eastward from Pyongsong in North Korea’s South Pyongan Province in the direction of the Sea of Japan at around 3.30am local time (6.30pm GMT), the South Korean military confirmed citing its joint chiefs of staff.
South Korean and American officials are currently working together to confirm the missile’s exact trajectory and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered an emergency cabinet meeting.
[…] “The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America, our territories or our allies,” Manning added.
CNN also confirmed the launch with the South Korean military leaders.
“North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile early this morning from Pyongsong, South Pyongan, to the east direction. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff is analyzing more details of the missile with the US side,” said an official at South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the South Korean military carried out a “precision missile strike drill” just minutes after North Korea’s missile launch.
The precision missile strike matched the flight distance of the North Korean missile and landed in waters off the east coast of South Korea.
We will update this post till Midnight with any other materials. Please leave more items on this topic in the comments under this post for now.
H/T Richard.

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6 Replies to “North Korea launches another missile, lands in Sea of Japan”

  1. As the most deservedly aggrieved and transgressed upon party in this entire matter , isn’t it time for Japan to do some coalition-building that establishes a comprehensive maritime blockade of North Korea?

    The very least that this could do is rip the mask off of continued Chinese and Russian support for the Norks. As in; if one neglects to distinguish between the USSR and modern Russia—something that is all too easily accomplished—there emerges a pattern of LCPs (Large Communist Powers) nursemaiding this despotic little Stalinist hellhole.

    Of course, at the very worst such intervention also could trigger the exact conflict that everyone’s trying to avoid (but won’t admit is inevitable, without that same intercession).

    All the same, when it comes to “denuclearization” of North Korea, mightn’t it be best to have Communist China be the one who draws up the timeline and (then) irrevocably commit to ensuring that it is met?

    I realize that my suggestion seems rather akin to asking a fox to guard the hen house, but this would also place China’s international prestige on the line.

    Handing China its head the onerous task of resolving their self-made peninsular crisis would be one of the strongest, yet, adroitly (and diplomatically) couched challenges that Japan, Trump and the West could pose to Beijing.

    SIDEBAR: Far too few Westerners understand the importance in Asian cultures of “face” (as in; loosing or gaining same). This notion—along with a traditional abhorrence of direct or insufficiently nuanced confrontation—combines to create a dense atmosphere of status that revolves around obligation and standing or repute.

    For a brilliant analysis of this, sometimes impenetrable aspect of Asian and Middle East culture (the root and branch of so-called Oriental “inscrutability”), please read Sarah Rosenberg’s superb essay, “Face – Beyond Intractability“.

    To continue; if America’s state department had ever acquired even this (i.e., Rosenberg’s)monograph’s most basic understanding of high and low context cultures (see image), the Pacific Theater of WWII might have been largely avoided entirely and this modern conflict with Islam might have been (decisively) ended YEARS AGO.

    PS: This same (admittedly difficult to obtain) knowledge of high and low context cultures might even have narrowly averted Mao’s success in establishing Communist China.

    Yes, this is how crucial a basic understanding of high and low context cultures continues to be and I hope that all who read this might examine Sarah Rosenberg’s valuable essay.

    As mentioned above, she sheds undeniable light upon why these, never-ending, interminably fruitless “negotiations” (as in; farcically nuanced, delicately phrased, and supremely USELESS deliberations) with Islam are of ZERO use—in ways that make wholesale nuclear attacks seem like clever ripostes—when it comes to resolving even the least significant points of dispute with this murderous, incalcitrant doctrine.

    I’ll stop now…

    • the Japanese Prime Minister is working on building a coalition to protect that region when the Dems are in power. The main problems he is running into are

      1) the Japanese Constitution that must be changed before they can use force for anything besides self defense and use it outside Japanese waters.

      2) the memories of WWII and what the Japanese did, this hampers the potential members of the coalition becasue so many of their people don’t trust the Japanese.

      3) The Peace Movement in Japan. There is a large number of Japanese people who if the choice was using military force or seeing Japan destroyed would choose self destruction.

    • During the Cold War the US set the policy of using nukes only in retaliation of an attack by a WMD, this policy was agreed to by both parties and I think set into law by Congress and (I forget which President). This was what the General was talking about when he said that he would disobey an unlawful order to use nukes.

      Also nuclear weapons are political weapons, the military would much rather use conventional weapons that can achieve the same goal as a nuke but doesn’t carry the same political fallout.

  2. What happens if Nork decides to export ICBMs? The USA (Lockeed) leases Trident missiles to the UK on a you-use-them-you-owe-us-money basis. That would mean they would customize the missiles on what the customer wants. They could build a production line for H-bombs for everything except the fissile material and Tritium/Deuterium booster material. That would mean any country capable of creating Plutonium or refining Uranium (“Oralloy”) could be able to purchase a nuclear deterrent for a couple of hundred million and whatever it costs to create fissile material. Such fissile production facilities could be jointly financed by any consortium of countries that wish to deter American attack.

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