Spain expels N Korean diplomat over missile tests

05 September, 2017, 21:17 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • 'All options' on table after NKorea missile launch over Japan: Trump

The Spanish Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it had summoned North Korea's ambassador to express Spain's condemnation of its missile launches and nuclear weapons tests and to inform him of the decision to reduce the number of North Korean diplomats in Madrid.

North Korea will never strike Guam (or the USA mainland) with a nuclear missile because they value their own survival and a nuclear strike by Pyongyang would result in the destruction of North Korea.

This photo released by North Korea's state news agency on August 30, 2017, shows North Korea's firing of a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile, which flew over Japan a day earlier.

Trump, who has warned that the USA military is "locked and loaded" in case of further North Korean provocation, reacted angrily to the latest missile test, declaring on Twitter that "talking is not the answer" to resolving the crisis.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile travelled around 2,700km and reached a maximum height of 550km as it flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

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North Korea has been test-firing missiles at a rapid clip this year.

The Japanese side appears to be seeking measures that include an oil embargo against North Korea as additional U.N. Security Council sanctions.

More than two decades later, Pyongyang is now feared to have access to miniaturised nuclear warheads and ICBMs. Diplomats expected resistance from Russian Federation and fellow veto-wielding power China, particularly given new measures were only recently imposed after Pyongyang staged two long-range missile launches in July. The aid was part of a nuclear deal that North Korea later violated.

North Korea has been under United Nations sanctions since 2006 over its ballistic missile and nuclear programmes.

Corey Wallace, a security analyst at Freie University in Berlin, told CNN this week the use of the F-35s out of Japan showed the United States had various options for potentially striking North Korea.

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The U.S. Geological Survey said a 6.3 magnitude explosion was detected near the area where North Korea's main nuclear testing site is located, but it could not confirm the nature of the blast.

If the initial data holds, it would make it the most powerful weapon North Korea has ever tested.

The bombers flew from Andersen Air Force Base on Guam, the closest United States territory to North Korea and the target of North Korean threats in recent weeks.

The United States and South Korea are technically still at war with North Korea because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

President Donald Trump's administration announced in July that it was barring American citizens from traveling to North Korea starting today over concerns about detentions of Americans who travel there.

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China, though, needs to do something about North Korea's threats, as "no country can put up with a missile directed right at its face", Hill said.

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