South Korea : North Korea will launch missile within two days – South Korea predicts North Korea will launch an intercontinental ballistic missile on September 9, 2017, coincide with the national day of the founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. This was stated by South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon.
South Korea : North Korea will launch missile within two days
“This situation is very precarious, it seems that there is not much time left before the North Korean nuclear weapons reach the stage of sempura,” said Prime Minister Lee at a defense ministerial meeting in Seoul as quoted by CNN on Thursday, September 7, 2017.
Many analysts predict and belive North Korea will launch intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) on that day.
“Special action is needed to stop their carelessness,” he added.
Meanwhile, the final part of the missile defense system, THAAD, has reportedly arrived at a South Korean military base amid protests by residents.
Residents clashed with riot police as they tried to block a road used to transport four THAAD interceptor missiles to a military base in Seongju, located about 300 kilometers south of Seoul. Previously in May 2 THAAD has been installed there.
According to a South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman, “Installation of the launch has been completed, installation is needed to address the threat of intercontinental ballistic missiles from North Korea”.
The South Korean president is known to have a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday morning on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum taking place in Vladivostok, Russia. After the meeting, both released the statement “now is the time to continue to increase sanctions and pressure on North Korea as much as possible rather than through dialogue”
Both President Moon and Prime Minister Abe agree that the involvement of Russia and China is essential to resolve the nuclear crisis. Abe himself is already scheduled to meet with Putin.
A wave of protests over THAAD
The wave of protests against THAAD is fierce in both South Korea and abroad. South Koreans believe that the presence of such missile interceptor systems could lead to environmental and health problems. Another wave of protests emerged from peacekeepers, warning that installing missile suspects could heighten tensions with North Korea.
Moon Chung-in, a special adviser to South Korean President, said that the government has lowered its skepticism against THAAD “partly because of American pressure and partly because of the growing North Korean threat”.
THAAD is also a source of disunity in relations between South Korea and China. China imposed unofficial sanctions in the form of banning tourist visits to South Korea.
This week, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang warned that further THAAD deployment “will only undermine the strategic security balance in the region”, as well as harm the strategic interests of other countries such as China and lead to increased clashes on the Korean Peninsula.
Russia which agrees with China, also criticized the move.
During the presidential election campaign, President Moon was a skeptic of THAAD. He is more supportive of dialogue in the resolution of the North Korean nuclear crisis.
In August, President Moon issued a forceful statement about Trump’s threats of “fire and fury” against North Korea, “any military action on the Korean Peninsula should be discussed and need to get approval from Seoul”.
President Moon Chung-in believes that by working together, will be able to find a collective solution to the North Korean nuclear crisis.
He pointed to the success of a nuclear deal between the United States and Iran made during President Obama’s administration but looks fragile under the leadership of Trump.