United States shoots down medium-range ballistic missile in Hawaii test

Two U.S. B-1B supersonic bombers and four F-35B stealth fighter jets joined four South Korean F-15 fighters in live-fire exercises at a military field in eastern South Korea that simulated precision strikes against the North’s “core facilities”, according to the U.S. Pacific Command and South Korea’s Defence Ministry. North Korean missiles have overflown Japan before, but usually with more warning. The F-35Bs and B-1Bs made contact with two Japan Air Self-Defense Force Koku Jieitai F-15J fighters in Japanese airspace in direct response to North Korea’s intermediate range ballistic missile launch, which flew directly over northern Japan on August 28, 2017, amid rising tension over North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile development programs.

Hours later, The UN Security Council condemned North Korea’s move in a statement adopted as a result of consultations behind closed doors.

Kim is clearly seeking a real nuclear deterrent against the United States and likely believes that will strengthen his negotiating position when North Korea returns to talks.

Diplomats say veto-wielding council members China and Russian Federation typically only view a test of a long-range missile or a nuclear weapon as a trigger for further possible sanctions.

Malcolm Turnbull is calling for the economic pressure on North Korea to be ratcheted up as he labelled the rogue nation a stand-over merchant.

“This regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable worldwide behavior”.

May pointed to the key role China plays as the North’s chief ally.

However, this does not really signify that the United States is going defensive.

British Prime Minister Theresa May called on China to put more pressure on North Korea to stop missile tests, saying Beijing has a key role to play in global efforts to prevent what she described as significant provocation by Pyongyang.

“China strongly demands all sides to exercise restraint and remain calm and not do anything to worsen tensions“, Ren said, adding that Chinese forces were maintaining a normal state of alert along the North Korean border.

“When it comes to sanctions, they storm to the front but when it comes to pushing for peace they hide at the very back”, Hua told a daily news briefing.

The missile has the potential of reaching the USA military base at Guam in the Pacific.

Last night’s missile flight over Japan, as best we know now, broke no new technical ground. “If left on its current trajectory, the North Korean regime will ultimately succeed in fielding a nuclear armed missile capable of threatening the US homeland”.

Trump had been warning U.S. former president, Obama, against North Korean future nuclear threats.

The U.N. Security Council is holding an emergency meeting to discuss how to respond to North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile over Japan.

The issue has resurfaced since a North Korean launch in early July raised the possibility the country had created an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching North America.

Reports of the launch by North Korean media were lacking the usual boasts of technical advances. Sending a missile over highly populated Japan is provocative all by itself – a reminder that Pyongyang can target the country – and it is also risky.

It means the missile’s full range is between 4,500-5,000 km.

The U.S. frequently tests elements of its missile defense systems.

US stocks rose on Thursday after data showed domestic inflation increased at its slowest pace since late 2015, boosting expectations that the Federal Reserve will hold off from increasing interest rates again this year.

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