S.Korea Wants Up To One Ton Warhead On Its Missiles

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

Yonhap also quoted a different Seoul government source as saying that an 1,800-tonne North Korean submarine in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) may be collecting data to prepare for a ballistic missile test-launch from the North's largest submarine. "It is impossible to stop such countries, which are dissatisfied with their rights in the worldwide arena and are trying to change this, by demanding that they comply with the global community rules", he said.

This is a public holiday in the nuclear-armed North and celebrated as Victory Day. "North Korea, which believes that its existence is under threat, can not be stopped by military pressure only, so in reality it would indeed be necessary to use military force", Ohara stated.

James Reilly, a scholar of Chinese foreign policy at the University of Sydney, said there was an increased anxiety among many people in China about what the U.S. was considering to rein in North Korea.

"We also made it clear that we will not budge an inch from our firm will to strengthen our nuclear force".

China slapped a sweeping ban on coal imports from North Korea in February, one of the regime's biggest sources of revenue. It marked a drop for fourth straight months after the Beijing government banned the sales of group tour packages to the neighboring country since mid-March in apparent retaliation over the deployment of a US missile defense system here.

"The global community should respond to North Korea's military provocations of nuclear missile test with pressure and sanctions", the South Korean foreign ministry said, "but only in a way that eventually brings the North to the negotiating table".

But renegotiating the bilateral agreement would be an uphill battle, analysts noted, as it could provoke strong opposition from neighboring countries, in particular China, which may see South Korea's enhanced missile capability as a security threat. The expert added that there are those in the U.S. who oppose the use of military force, judging by the fact that some experts tend to underestimate the degree of North Korea's nuclear threat.

Vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Paul Selva said the July 4 test stopped short of showing North Korea had "the capacity to strike the United States with any degree of accuracy or reasonable confidence of success،" as Reuters reported on July 18.

"I would probably shift that slightly and say it would be horrific, and it would be a loss of life unlike any we have experienced in our lifetimes, and I mean anyone who's been alive since World War II has never seen the loss of life that could occur if there's a conflict on the Korean Peninsula".

The situation on the Korean Peninsula has remained extremely tense amid Pyongyang's vigorous efforts to develop its missile program.

Speculation intensified Tuesday that North Korea is preparing another missile launch to coincide with a military anniversary, just weeks after conducting its first successful test of an ICBM that experts warned could reach Alaska.

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