SEOUL, April 10 (Xinhua) -- South Korean foreign minister said Wednesday that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is highly likely to launch mid-range missiles "at any time from now on."
"According to intelligence collected by our side and the U.S., possibility for North Korea (DPRK)'s missile launch is very high," Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said at a parliamentary meeting for foreign affairs and unification. "The possibility can be realized at any time from now on."
The missiles were estimated to be a new type of 'Musudan' missile, Yun said, noting that "the missile has a range of around 3,500 kilometers. How far the missile will reach depends on North Korea."
On April 4, Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin told lawmakers that the DPRK moved intermediate-range missiles to its east coast. The missiles, estimated to be 'Musudan' that could reach the U.S. military base in Guam, were believed to be mounted on mobile launchers known as the transporter-erector-launcher (TEL).
The missiles were feared to be fired off around April 15 when Pyongyang celebrates the birthday of Kim Il-sung, the DPRK's founder and the late grandfather of the current leader Kim Jung-un.
Yun warned that if the DPRK launches the missiles, the U.N. Security Council will be convened automatically as the U.N. resolutions have banned Pyongyang from conducting a ballistic missile test.
SEOUL, April 9 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday voiced her disappointment over the tentative suspension of the Kaesong Industrial Complex by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
"It is very disappointing that North Korea (DPRK) said yesterday that it would tentatively halt operations of the Kaesong industrial complex that have been running normally," Park said during a Cabinet meeting. Full story
SEOUL, April 9 (Xinhua) -- South Korea is seeing the warning by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to foreigners in Seoul to consider evacuation as psychological warfare, the presidential office said Tuesday.
"(The warning) is seen as psychological warfare against foreigners in South Korea," presidential spokeswoman Kim Haing said at a press briefing. "We believe that foreigners in South Korea as well as our nationals will be unfazed as they have great confidence and trust in our military and the Republic of Korea." Full story
WASHINGTON, April 9 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. commander in charge of forces in the Asia Pacific region said Tuesday that if the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) launches a missile in the near future, he would recommend U.S. forces shoot it down when U.S. homeland, forward-deployed forces and allies were threatened.
At a Senate hearing, Samuel Locklear, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said if it was "in defense of the homeland... and if it was defense of our allies," he would recommend U.S. forces shoot down DPRK missile, if the country launches one. Full story
WASHINGTON, April 9 (Xinhua) -- The White House said Tuesday that Pyongyang's latest call for foreigners to leave South Korea will only escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
The move is "more unhelpful rhetoric that serves only to escalate tensions," which "will only further isolate" the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), White House Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at a regular press briefing. Full story