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China Bans New Business with North Korea

28 Août 2017

North Korea fired several short-range missiles into the sea off its east coast early on Saturday, South Korea and the USA military said, as the two allies conducted annual joint military drills that the North denounces as preparation for war. The first and second missiles "failed in flight" and the third "appears to have blown up nearly immediately".

North Korea launched a number of short-range missiles from an east coastal launching site on Saturday, even as the United States and South Korea were in the midst of war games preparing for an attack.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said US President Donald Trump was aware of the launches.

The border islands have occasionally seen military skirmishes between the rivals, including a North Korean artillery barrage on Yeonpyeong in 2010 that left two South Korean marines and two civilians dead.

Yoshihide Suga, the Japanese government's top spokesman, told reporters in Tokyo Saturday morning: "We confirmed that no ballistic missiles have fallen onto our country's territory or EEZ (exclusive economic zone)".

The country has fired 18 missiles during 12 tests since February, further perfecting its technology with each launch.

"The North American Aerospace Defense Command determined the three ballistic missile launches from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America", Commander Benham said.

"We confirmed there was no direct impact on our country's security".

The United States and South Korea are technically still at war with the North because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

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"We hope that this is the beginning of this signal that we've been looking for - that they are ready to restrain their level of tensions, they're ready to restrain their provocative acts and that perhaps we are seeing our pathway to sometime in the near future having some dialogue", Tillerson said.

A new poster on a North Korean propaganda website on Saturday showed a missile dealing "a retaliatory strike of justice" against the U.S. mainland, threatening to "wipe out the United States, the source of evil, without a trace".

Make no mistake. Kim Jong Un is a awful dictator whose desire to maintain power and control has led him to continue North Korea's decades-long atrocities, human rights violations, and collectivist economic policies that have led to widespread poverty.

Today's missiles launches, though failed, reignite the possibility of increasing tensions in the peninsula.

In response to the ICBM launches in July, the UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on August 5.

The launches puzzled analysts because North Korea does not typically have problems with tried and tested short-range missiles like Scuds.

On Wednesday, Kim ordered the production of more rocket engines and missile warheads during a visit to a facility associated with North Korea's ballistic missile programme.

North Korea's last missile test on July 28 was for an intercontinental ballistic missile created to fly 10,000km.

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump issued an extraordinary ultimatum to North Korea, warning Pyongyang not to make any more threats against the USA or it will "face fire and fury like the world has never seen".

China Bans New Business with North Korea