The DPRK conducted the third in two weeks the launch of a ballistic missile

The DPRK conducted the third in two weeks the launch of a ballistic missile

TOKYO, may 29 — RIA Novosti, Xenia Naka. North Korea conducted Monday morning local time, the third in the last two weeks the launch of a ballistic missile, the previous two took place on Sunday 14 and 21 may.

The launch was made from the area of the Wonsan city on the East coast of the DPRK. According to Japanese and American officials, the rocket flight lasted six minutes, she flew 450 miles and fell into the sea of Japan in the exclusive economic zone of Japan 300 km from the Oki Islands in Shimane Prefecture and 500 kilometers from the island of Sado in Niigata Prefecture. The altitude of the missile was 100 miles.

The military of Japan and South Korea believe that was launched medium-range missiles of Scud-type missiles.


The reaction to the next launch by South Korea and Japan was immediate. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened an emergency meeting of the security Council of Japan and promised “with the US to take concrete steps to deter North Korea.”

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters that Japan has already started a cooperation with the United States and South Korea in the framework of the UN security Council. He added that the situation around North Korea will be discussed at a meeting with a member of the state Council of China responsible for foreign Affairs, Yang Jiechi, who on Monday arrived in Tokyo to visit.

The South Korean foreign Ministry condemned the launch, calling it a “blatant violation of the resolutions of the UN security Council”, and promised to take “tough measures” against the North.

A rich assortment

The DPRK conducting missile launches with unprecedented short intervals of one week. In each of the trials used different types of missiles. Sunday, may 14, has been tested missile “Hanson-12” with the altitude more than 2111 kilometers and a range of 787 kilometres. The rocket fell in the sea of Japan, outside the special economic zone of Japan. The height at 2000 km was achieved for the first time.

The next day North Korea reiterated speculation Japanese and South Korean military that the missile flew in a trajectory — initially when start is held almost vertically. Thus, one can reduce the distance from the point of launch to point of impact, as, according to the calculations of the military if released may 14, the missile flew a normal trajectory, she would have travelled approximately 4,000 kilometers and could reach GUAM or Hawaii.

The Japanese military are inclined to believe that missile was submitted on parade 25 April then drew the attention of specialists.

A week later, haven’t had time to subside passion about the technological progress of Korea, it conducted another test. This time it was a missile “Puchiko-2” — modified for ground launches of ballistic missile submarines (SLBM).

A start was also made on Sunday evening. A rocket fired from the West coast of Pukchon the province’s toll passed 500 kilometers and fell into the sea of Japan, 350 kilometers from the Korean Peninsula outside of the exclusive economic zone of Japan.

What’s next?

At Japan’s initiative, the issue of North Korea was raised in the key at the end in Sunday’s G7 summit. In view of the increasing challenges Japan will try to push through the UN security Council new sanctions against the DPRK. To do this, she enlisted the support of the US and expects “constructive attitude” that will take in this matter, China and Russia.

In this sense, great importance will acquire the negotiations arriving in Tokyo, Yang Jiechi, Secretary of the National security Council of Japan, Shotaro Yachi and foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. At the same time, even before the third test, government sources reported that Japan is preparing its own package of new sanctions against the DPRK.