South Korea to convene Security Council meeting over North Korean missile threat

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 10, 2017

The leader of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party accused the government of President Moon Jae-in on Thursday of playing no role in resolving tensions with North Korea, as Pyongyang escalated threats to fire missiles into waters around the US territory of Guam.

He urged them to bolster South Korea's readiness level and move toward independent defense capabilities, relying less on the US forces stationed here.

The already high tensions on the Korean Peninsula spiked further this week as the North threatened to fire missiles into waters around Guam, a key strategic point for the USA military where some US strategic weapons are deployed, including B-1B and B-52 strategic bombers and the THAAD missile defense system.

A high-ranking Cheong Wa Dae official said, "It's true that the security situation is tense, but we can use this as an opportunity to overcome the crisis". North Korea says it will "keep closely watching the speech and behavior of the U.S".

"It's more of "Moon Jae-in passing" than 'Korea passing, '" Hong said.

But privately some Cheong Wa Dae officials admit they are anxious about the increasingly inflamed rhetoric between the USA and North Korea. According to KCNA, it is planned to launch four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles, which are supposed to fly some 3,400 kilometers over Japan's Prefectures of Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi to drop into water some 30-40 kilometers off Guam.

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