North Korea fires four ballistic missiles into sea near Japan

Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 07 March 2017, 00:15 hrs, UTC, Post #133.

Source:

http://www.uk.reuters.com/article/uk-north-korea-missiles-idUKKBN16C0ZH

Accessed on 07 March 2017, 00:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporters:  Ju-min Park and Kaori Kaneko (Reuters).

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Comment:

Japan and South Korea have filed formal protests after North Korea fired 4 ballistic missiles toward northwestern Japan on Monday (06 March 2017).  Three of the four missiles landed in waters around 190 miles/300 kilometers from the Oga Peninsula in northwestern Japan.  North Korean officials said the missiles were fired to show their displeasure over continuing military exercises conducted by South Korean and U.S. forces.  North Korea promised “to retaliate” for these “provocations.”

According to Reuters correspondents Ju-min Park and Kaori Kaneko, U.S. and Chinese officials have advised caution in the wake of the missile tests.

“U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, also told Reuters there were no indications so far that North Korea had tested an ICBM.”

“A woman walks past a television broadcasting a news report on North Korea firing ballistic missiles, at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji.”

“The U.S. military said it detected and tracked what it assessed was a North Korean missile launch, but it did not pose a threat to North America.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a daily news briefing that China, which is holding its annual meeting of the National People’s Congress, had noted North Korea’s latest action.

“All sides should exercise restraint and not do anything to irritate each other to worsen regional tensions,” Geng said, referring to both the missile launch and U.S.-South Korean military exercises.”

Opinion:

President Donald Trump and his national security advisors are reviewing a range of options to counter the North Korean missile threat.  According to “The New York Times”, options include missile attacks against missile launching sites in North Korea and the “possible reintroduction of nuclear weapons to the South.”  Let’s hope cooler heads prevail while the North Korean leadership gets over its temper tantrum.”

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