Published: Fri, September 01, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Japan seeks funds to boost missile ranges days after North Korea threat

The latest banging of the military drum by North Korea, after the suspected Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile flying over northern Japan, sums up the current regime in Pyongyang.

So, Tuesday's launch let Pyongyang rattle a major U.S. ally, which hosts American military bases and tens of thousands of USA troops, while showing it has the ability to strike Guam if it wants to. The Korean People's Army or KPA is the North's military.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is on a three-day visit to Japan, meant to signal the United Kingdom can remain a valuable trade partner even after it leaves the EU.

"We condemn North Korea in the strongest terms possible for this reckless act which was a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions".

Some lawmakers of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) argue that Japan needs weapons able to strike North Korean missile sites, so as to deter attacks by Pyongyang.

The US ambassador, Nikki Haley, said: "It is time for North Korea to recognise the danger they are putting themselves in".

South Korea and the United States are now engaged in joint military exercises, which kicked off last week.

"There's a lot of rhetoric back and forth, but the Chinese are not going to react in the harsh way that everyone's predicting", he said.

Russian Federation was a participant in the six-party talks, which took place in the mid-2000s in an attempt to get North Korea to abandon its then burgeoning nuclear program.

Unilateral sanctions or those implemented according to a country's domestic laws, did not accord with global law, Wang added, a reference to unilateral sanctions imposed on Chinese firms and citizens by the United States and Japan. Just yesterday, North Korea had fired a missile that flew over Japan, but still no action has been taken by any country.

Mattis said the world will continue to seek diplomatic solutions to the problem posed by North Korea.

"Threatening and destabilising actions only increase the North Korean regime's isolation in the region and among all nations of the world". Yet rather than turn away from the Trump administration, like some European allies, the Japanese government has doubled down on its US alliance. Official statement carried by KCNA on August 23 denounced United States and South Korea as "warmongers" for carrying out the "provocative Ulchi Freedom guardian war exercise".

The firing comes days after Pyongyang launched three short-range missiles in what was seen as a minimal provocation after the start of the Ulchi Freedom Guardian South Korean-US joint military exercises.

The 2,700 km the missile flew before splashing down was much shorter and at a lower trajectory than that of an earlier launch of the same missile type.

"We think that China has a role to play and we'd encourage China to do everything it can to bring pressure on North Korea to stop this".

A statement from Seoul's presidential office confirmed that shortly after the North's latest test was detected, South Korea discussed deploying American strategic assets to the peninsula so the South does not have to rely on powerful hardware being scrambled from Guam, such as B-1B bombers.

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