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North Korea Conducts Second Missile Test Within 7 Days

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North Korea Conducts Second Missile Test Within 7 Days

Photograph of the July 26th launch from a TEL. Click to see full-size image

On July 31st, North Korea tested two more short-range ballistic missiles off its coast, South Korean Yonhap News Agency reported.

The first missile was launched at 5:06 a.m., and the second at 5:27 a.m., from the Kalma area in the North’s eastern port of Wonsan, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

Both flew about 250 km at an altitude of about 30 km, reportedly the US and South Korean militaries were analyzing details, but CNN reported that an unnamed US official said that the launches were no threat to the US or its allies and simply fell to the sea.

North Korea Conducts Second Missile Test Within 7 Days

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But South Korea’s JCS warned in a statement that North Korea’s repeated missile launches did “not aid in efforts to ease the tension on the Korean Peninsula.”

“We call for cessation of these actions,” the statement added.

The Blue House, the South Korean presidential office, said in a statement that officials had held an emergency National Security Council meeting on the same morning, in relation to the launch.

The launches come six days after North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles from the same area into the East Sea for the first time since May.

The July 31st, launch according to the South Korean JSC was carried out from a transporter erector launcher (TEL), as was the case with the previous launch.

On July 25th, those missiles flew some 600 kilometers at an altitude of around 50 km and were identified as “KN-23,” or the North’s version of Russia’s Iskander ballistic missile.

The previous launch was confirmed on July 26th with a report from North Korean state outlet KCNA.

“Supreme Leader of the Party, state and armed forces Kim Jong Un personally organized and guided the fire of the new-type tactical guided weapon as part of the power demonstration to send a solemn warning to the south Korean military warmongers who are running high fever in their moves to introduce the ultramodern offensive weapons into south Korea and hold military exercise in defiance of the repeated warnings from the DPRK.”

The outlet, further expressed Kim Jong-un’s discontent at South Korea’s continuous aggressive actions and that North Korea couldn’t keep up in developing weapons, to answer the frequency of threats presented by Seoul.

“He said that the south Korean authorities show such strange double-dealing behavior as acting a “handshake of peace” and fingering joint declaration and agreement and the like before the world people and, behind the scene, shipping ultra-modern offensive weapons and holding joint military exercises. He emphasized that we cannot but develop nonstop super powerful weapon systems to remove the potential and direct threats to the security of our country that exist in the south.”

South Korea held a National Security Council (NSC) meeting and expressed “strong” concerns over the launches, urging Pyongyang to stop acts that could heighten tensions and hamper efforts to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha also said that North Korea’s latest missile firings are not helpful in easing military tensions or in keeping the momentum for denuclearization talks.

Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo earlier said that North Korea should be regarded as an “enemy” if it carries out provocations that threaten South Korea.

“North Korea’s regime and military are of course included in the concept of an enemy if they threaten and provoke us,” he said.

Yonhap, which is an outlet infamous for its continuous anti-North Korea propaganda, claimed that an anonymous US State Department spokesperson gave them a comment:

“We are aware of reports of a missile launch from North Korea, and we will continue to monitor the situation.”

Regardless, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US was hopeful talks with Pyongyang would restart “soon.”

On board his flight to Bangkok for a series of ASEAN meetings, he said that he wasn’t sure when they would restart, but it wouldn’t be “too long.”

Trump and Kim agreed to resume working-level negotiations after their meeting, the two sides have not publicly announced any scheduled talks.

“Chairman Kim said when the two leaders met at the DMZ that they would start in a few weeks. It’s taking a little bit longer than that, there’s been a little bit of preliminary work to be done but I hope … before too long we’ll have special representative (Stephen) Biegun sitting with what I think will be his new counterpart for North Korea,” Pompeo said.

In addition, on July 31st, Yonhap reported that the mysterious North Korean submarine that was presented on July 23rd is allegedly capable of carrying 3 submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

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The defense ministry determined that the North’s submarine is ready to be deployed soon, Rep. Lee Hye-hoon, the chief of the parliamentary intelligence committee, told reporters.

The ministry said the North’s sub appears to be slightly larger than a 2,500-ton Gorae-class submarine.

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  • Rob

    The US mafia have started weapons race in the world. The world Children don’t have food, clean water, cloths, shelter, health and education facilities but their government must have weapons to defend themselves from US warmongers.

  • Simon Bernstein

    the US airforce can destroy all of north korea’s Air Defenses and missile silos in less than 72 hours, so I’m not worried. down with the rogue communist regimes

    • Rob

      Bye bye see you soon with a new account.

    • Concrete Mike

      You had 60 years to do the job!!

      Go on tough guy.

      Im sick of you fascist pigs, always sticking your big nose in other countries business.

      If your so tough, do something, otherwise shut the fuck up fascist pig.

      How come you pigs treat black.jews from africa like shit?

      Its because your a racist fascist pig thats why!

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    • Bob

      Clearly you know nothing about Korean Peninsula – it’s North Korea’s colossal ranks of massed heavy artillery, stationed along border, that can range Seoul in South Korea, that are the real deterrents to US actions against North Korea. If US attacks North Korea, latter will launch massive volleys of ground based heavy artillery and essentially level urban centres of South Korea. US strategists are well aware that any US attack on North Korea would be catastrophic for whole Korean Peninsula.

      • Zionism = EVIL

        US and 32 puppets lost the conventional war in Korea and the idiot MacArthur wanted to use nukes but Truman canned the moron or a nuclear war with Russia and China would have ensued.

    • grumpy_carpenter

      72 hours is a long time in a world where missiles and artillery can rain down hell at the push of a button. Why would an American worry about Korean lives anyway … it’s not like they’re white or jewish.

    • Wolfgang Wolf

      blaaaaablablaaablaaaa… see Afghanistan, etc… another example of US exceptionalism: exceptionally stupid) or is this our gay ukrainian migrant from Canada?

    • Raptar Driver

      Sure N.K. was completely flatten in the 50’s and yet the U.S. and vassals had to retreat; air power only goes so far.

    • Zionism = EVIL

      Dumbass ugly Jew, get a brain seriously. You fuckwits could not even stop Iran from building a strong arc of resistance, let alone the Americunt morons “bomb” a nuclear power like DPRK which soundly defeated the Americunt arseholes in 1952 and hence the continuing finger stuck up Americunt fat arse. Hasbara must be scrapping rock bottom for have a total ugly loser like you on its western funded payroll.

  • omrizkiblog

    Good Kim very good…. ☕

    • Zionism = EVIL

      In all fairness, the only way to deal with Americunt thugs and their Zionist masters is to develop a strong nuclear and missile deterrent as DPRK has correctly done. Iran should follow suit and test a nuke ASAP. DPRK now has added a dozen nukes since the pathetic PR circus with the dumbass lardass Trump started and failed. Most intelligence estimates are that DPRK now has over 50 nukes of 10kt-30kt yield and also is developing mini nukes for artillery and rocket systems for tactical use.

  • verner

    as long as he keeps arming NK beyond what the dysfunctional states of A(rschlöcher) claims to accept all is fine and dandy. the minute the arming of the country stops, dunny the dunce will claim such occurence as a winwin for himself and will keep harping about his uncanny deal making carrying him right into november 2020 and a second term. we wouldn’t like that