World North Korean Submarine Missile Threat Prompts U.S.-Led Military Drills

13:10  11 december  2017
13:10  11 december  2017 Source:   The New York Times

North Korea: Trump is 'begging for nuclear war'

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A North Korean ballistic missile fired from a submarine Wednesday flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles) in the longest flight by that type of weapon, Seoul Seoul officials condemned the launch as an "armed protest" against the start of annual South Korean - U . S . military drills that North Korean calls

Any North Korean capability to field submarine -launched ballistic missiles in open waters would be particularly worrying for the United States and its The military maneuvers come a week after the United States and South Korea began holding joint drills that included flyovers of advanced stealth

person flying through the air on top of a mountain: A photo released by North Korea’s state news agency in April 2016 purported to show a submarine-launched ballistic missile test. © Korean Central News Agency, via European Pressphoto Agency A photo released by North Korea’s state news agency in April 2016 purported to show a submarine-launched ballistic missile test.

HONG KONG — Amid fears that North Korea is rapidly developing its submarine-launched ballistic missile technology, the United States, Japan and South Korea are teaming up for a drill to track such hard-to-detect missiles, military officials said Monday.

The drill is taking place over two days in waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula, said South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, and will involve destroyers from the three nations doing computer-simulated training to track submarine missile launchings by North Korea.

N. Korea blasts 'dangerous' US-South joint military drill

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A North Korean submarine test-launched a ballistic missile in the East China Sea on Wednesday as the US and South Korean militaries were conducting joint drills that Pyongyang has called a threat . North Korea usually responds to regular South Korea - U . S

North Korea on Wednesday fired a ballistic missile from a submarine into the sea in an apparent protest against the start of annual South Korea - U . S . military drills , Seoul's military said.

The drills come in the wake of news reports that North Korea is making progress developing submarine-launched ballistic missiles, or SLBMs. The website 38 North, based at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, obtained images of cylindrical objects, evidence that “suggests construction of a new submarine” at a facility on North Korea’s east coast.

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Any North Korean capability to field submarine-launched ballistic missiles in open waters would be particularly worrying for the United States and its allies, since such missiles are hard to detect before launching. In August 2016, North Korea successfully tested such a missile from near its submarine base in Sinpo, sending it 310 miles toward Japan in a launch that came after several failed tests.

South Korea, U.S. kick off largest air exercise amid North Korean warnings

  South Korea, U.S. kick off largest air exercise amid North Korean warnings South Korea and the United States launched their largest-ever joint aerial drills on Monday, officials said, a week after North Korea said it had tested its most advanced missile as part of a weapons program that has raised global tensions. The annual U.S.-South Korean drill, called Vigilant Ace, will run until Friday, with six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters to be deployed among the more than 230 aircraft taking part. The exercises have been condemned as a provocation by the isolated North.

But its development of reliable submarine -launched missiles would add weapons that are harder to detect before liftoff. South Korea 's military condemned the launch as an "armed protest" by North Korea against the start of annual South Korean - U . S . military drills

But its development of reliable submarine -launched missiles would add weapons that are harder to detect before liftoff. South Korea ’s military condemned the launch as an “armed protest” by North Korea against the start of annual South Korean - U . S . military drills

The military maneuvers come a week after the United States and South Korea began holding joint drills that included flyovers of advanced stealth fighters and B1-B Lancer bombers over the Korean Peninsula, exercises that led North Korea to accuse the United States of pushing the region “to the brink of nuclear war.”

To step up pressure, South Korea on Monday imposed a new round of sanctions on 20 North Korean groups and 12 individuals. The sanctions, an effort to curtail North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs, were imposed in retaliation for the North’s launching of a missile in late November that experts said was capable of hitting much of the continental United States.

Separately, Nikki R. Haley, the American envoy to the United Nations, said over the weekend that the United States would send a full delegation of athletes to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February. Her remarks on “Fox News Sunday” came days after she sowed doubt about participation in the Games by saying it was an “open question” whether American athletes would participate, given the tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea tensions: South urges U.S. to delay military drills ahead of Olympics .
<p>South Korea is pushing the U.S. to postpone joint military exercises until after the Winter Olympics as an olive branch to North Korea, a move the administration is considering, the South's president told NBC News on Tuesday.</p>President Moon Jae-in said in an exclusive sit-down interview that drills could be pushed back if Pyongyang also shows willingness to pause its nuclear and missile tests before the Winter Games in February.

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