North Korean Kim Jong-Un Says He Will Complete Nuclear Program Despite UN Security Council Sanctions

The missile on Friday travelled 3,700 kilometres as it passed over the Japanese island of Hokkaido before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean. It was the country’s longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile.

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) carried his comments a day after US and South Korean militaries detected the missile launch from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

The KCNA said the leader expressed great satisfaction over the launch, which he said verified the “combat efficiency and reliability” of the missile and the success of efforts to increase its power.

North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test has renewed discussion at the highest levels of the Trump administration about how military force could be used to stop Kim Jong Un’s development of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles.

“There is a military option,” White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters.

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley acknowledged that if sanctions and diplomatic pressure don’t work, the UN may not be able to do much more.

One senior US official says the problem right now in relying on a deterrence theory is “no one knows” what would actually deter the North Korean leader.

The accepted theory in the military and intelligence community is Kim’s top priority is his own preservation and that of his family.

To get into North Korean airspace to attack any known missile or nuclear sites that can be located, the US would rely on cruise missiles and fighter jets to begin by attacking air defense missile and radar sites, officials say.
US officials are now looking again at any possible means for destroying thousands of artillery tubes and weapons Kim has arrayed just north of the demilitarized zone.
The UN Security Council accused North Korea of undermining regional peace and security by launching its latest missile over Japan and said its nuclear and missile tests “have caused grave security concerns around the world” and threaten all 193 UN member states.

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