The United Nations (UN) has collectively called out North Korea again for illegally and dangerously testing it’s ballistic missiles. The UN condemned the latest missile test firing that was conducted by the North over the weekend.
The defense minister for the South Korean military stated today that the recently installed THAAD anti missile system did pick up the latest missile test on its radar from the North. Basically we all can collect from the missile test this weekend that the leader of the North, Kim Jong-un, is not listening to its ally China. Either that, or China is not applying as much pressure to the regime as it should be.
The Trump administration in Washington has said to China that they need to help reign in their North Korean neighbor or risk seeing the United States force the de-nuclearization of the whole peninsula. Even the U.S. Disarmament Ambassador , Robert Wood said that China could do more to get the North Korean regime to stop testing missiles.
China must have an interests in helping with the North Korea rogue missile threats because they do not want to see a nuclear missile armed neighbor. China has stated many times they would like to see the de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, has said that the United States is trying to persuade China to take harder steps to ensure the North doesn’t continue testing missiles. Haley and the U.S. are wanting more and harsher sanctions against North Korea and has promised to search out and announce to the world who is secretly supporting North Korea and sanction them as well.
China is very against having the U.S. THAAD anti missile system in South Korea because the radar on the anti missile system is extremely powerful and some military experts have stated that the THAAD puts much of China and its airspace under United States military radar.
South Korean defense officials have called the latest missile test success for the north of one f their intermediate range ballistic missiles. This missile is thought to have a range of around 1,800-2,500 miles which puts many U.S. allies in range.