Korea's ICBM and nuclear weapons nears completion

Posted June 13, 2017

South Korean security expert Cheong Seong-chang, when at a military forum, said that it was indeed quite possible that North Korea might either conduct a nuclear test or launch another missile, which has those watching the news and concerned with the threat of World War 3 on edge.

North Korea didn't say how many anti-ship missiles it launched, but South Korean national security director Chung Eui-yong said later Friday the North had fired four short-range missiles on Thursday.

He said South Korea would discuss ways to strengthen the joint defense against North Korea's weapons programs during a summit between new South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump in late June.

Experts speculate that the North could build a full-size ICBM capable of striking the eastern US if it combines more than two high-thrust liquid fuel engines, which were used for the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile. "Historically speaking, the US has never dared to go to war with a country that possesses nuclear weapons or ICBMs".

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Comparing North Korea to China, he said it was unclear whether Kim was simply hiding his full nuclear arsenal. North Korea threatened to sink it ahead of its arrival.

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis warned Monday that North Korea poses the most urgent threat to global peace and security, calling the regime's weapons program a "clear and present danger" to all. "But the strategic weapons tests conducted by the DPRK clearly proved that the time of its ICBM test is not a long way off at all".

Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee said the funding was stopped past year because of concerns over North Korea's provocative actions, including two nuclear tests in 2016.

The council statement said North Korea's "illegal ballistic missile activities are significantly contributing to its development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and are greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond".

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"The unattractiveness of both acceptance and intervention is what keeps bringing policymakers back to the third option, trying to cap and reverse the North Korean nuclear threat through negotiations".

In its statement, the WCC's executive committee offered a range of bold ideas to further "the ecumenical movement's support for and engagement in new initiatives for dialogue and peaceful coexistence on the Korean peninsula".

Also in May, Pyongyang said that it had successfully tested the Pukguksong-2 intermediate range ballistic missile after a projectile was detected landing in global waters off Japan's east coast.

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