As Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation for the high speed bullet rail project connecting Ahmedabad and Delhi on Thursday, he, along with his Japanese Counterpart Shinzo Abe also condemned North Korea for testing long distance nuclear and ballistic missiles crossing Japanese borders.
Expressing concern over threats posed by these missiles over the continent, Modi-Abe called over the UN for maximizing pressure on capital city Pyongyang to stop such experiments.
Their fear came after North Korea fired its sixth ballistic missile over Japan and South Korea early this September.
In their 10th joint statement in 3 years, India and Japan urged North Korea to “abandon nuclear and ballistic missile firing and refrain from any defiant act”, as the two nations are concerned over North Korea’s developing nuclear power.
Despite this, its most recent missile attack on neighboring island country Japan came just yesterday, a second this month that took the international community by shock.
The missile was a long distance ballistic weapon that flew over Japan’s northern island of Hokaido, before landing in the Pacific Ocean, just before reaching the U.S. territory of Guam, 2300 miles East from the launching pad.
Alarms sounded in Northern Japan after the missile went off, but people reportedly gave little attention as this has become a routine event for the Japanese. Some did go undercover, but others went about their business as on any normal day.
The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged China and Russia for ‘direct action’ against Kim Jong-Un’s defiance against the international community.
Meanwhile, H.R. McMaster, NSA to the White House said that the United Nations was grabbing less on patience over Korea’s repeated ignorance of maximizing pressures by the international community, and that the Trump Government may not tolerate this kind of a behavior.
Even in the UN, the United States ambassador Nikki Haley reflected on his statement. However, she also referred to the USA’s policy of resolving the crisis through diplomacy and deals.
However, Korean leader Kim Jong-Un had no effects of the International community’s rising anger. He was instead seen beaming on the successful launch of the powerful Hwasong-12 over Japan, as reported by the Korean media.
This launch came just hours after Korea responded to UNSC’s approval of additional sanctions against Korea by threatening to ‘sink Japan and the US territory to ashes’.
These sanctions by the Council came after the north launched its sixth and most powerful nuclear test early this September, which caused a powerful 6.3 tremor in its Southern counterpart, and was North Korea’s first successful hydrogen bomb testing.
Reflecting on the high combat efficiency of the missile, Jong-un said to reporters that North Korea will soon accomplish ‘military Equilibrium’ with the United States to equal it in all respects.
Furious over the launch, Shinzo Abe referred to the incident as ‘non-tolerable for Japan’, and has hinted towards quick action for the same.
The UN Security Council was scheduled to meet Friday on the urging of Japan and US to discuss the growing security issues in the East.