North Korean Missile Tests Present Political and Military Problems

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks Tuesday at the Lao National Cultural Hall in Vientiane Laos. CAROLYN KASTER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

While attending a regional summit meeting today in Vientiane, Laos, President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye reaffirmed their countries’ long-standing alliance and condemned North Korea’s nuclear program and missile launches, according to a White House news release.

The members of the Security Council reiterated that the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea shall refrain from further actions, including nuclear tests, in violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions and comply fully with its obligations under these resolutions, the Council noted.

President Barack Obama signaled at a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders in Laos that the us would redouble its effort to choke off North Korea’s access to worldwide currency and technology by tightening loopholes in the current sanctions regime. “We’re going to work together to make sure we’re closing loopholes and make them even more effective”.

In return, the South-Korean president stated that Seoul will adopt a “strong” attitude regarding any challenges coming from North Korea.

Ms Power said North Korea has carried out 22 missile launches so far this year and the latest hit “within 300 kilometres of Japan’s coast”.

Obama called the latest missile launches “provocations”. “And President Park and I agreed that the entire worldwide community needs to implement these sanctions fully and hold North Korea accountable”. THAAD, a new defense system being installed by Americans in South Korea, is unpopular in China, and hated in Pyongyang. Obama said they were “provocative”. North Korea state media is reporting that the premier considers Monday’s tests “perfect”.

North Korea’s missile tests are part of a plan that wants to be capable of striking the United States.These efforts would eventually lead to building long-range nuclear missiles capable of reaching the North American country.

North Korea launched the missiles while China was hosting the Group of 20 economic summit, Power said.

“Having garnered Russian Federation and China’s commitment to implement sanctions that can denuclearize North Korea, and now, backed by the U.S.’ cooperation and support, President Park is now slated to sit down with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday”.

Park also condemned the launches calling them “fundamentally threatening” and said the two had agreed to “respond resolutely” to any provocation. North Korea has a limited number of Rodong launch pads but has plenty of Scud launchers which can be fired simultaneously. North Korea has conducted a series of missile tests this year in defiance of United Nations sanctions imposed after its fourth nuclear test in January. China is urged to wield its influence, first and foremost, to prevent North Korea from acting recklessly.