Hwasong-12 missile– On Sunday North Korea defiantly launched another ballistic missile which dropped in the sea near Russia.
Analysts believe this may be the most advanced of their missiles as details show it is not one of the usual North Korean missiles.
The Sunday missile has given US a cause to worry. Moreso, it was also obtained that the “US mainland and Pacific operations” is within the sighting range of North Korean strikes.
According to the Asian country, the test was “aimed at verifying the tactical and technological specifications of the newly developed ballistic rocket capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead.”
The North Korean president personally supervised the latest dangerous launch of the Hwasong-12 missile, which reached an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometers (1,312 miles) and flew 787 kilometers (489 miles).
The US and Russia have discordant estimates of the missile landing.
While the US said it terminated flight just 96 kilometers (60 miles) from the Russian port city of Vladivostock, the Russian Defense Ministry said it landed 500 kilometers (311 miles) from its Pacific coast line.
Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin who is in Beijing to seal a deal with China gave his two cents on the latest worrisome strike.
“I would like to confirm that we are categorically against the expansion of the club of nuclear states, including through the Korean Peninsula,”
“We are against it and consider it counterproductive, damaging, dangerous.”
The statement came after White House Spokesperson, Spicer had questioned Russia’s calmness over the launch.
“With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil – in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan – the President cannot imagine that Russia is pleased.”
After condemning the series of missile launch from North Korea, Putin also made sure to warn against “intimidating” Pyongyang.
Without directly saying it, he was referring to the United States. Putin however says a peaceful resolution between North Korea and the US would be most appropriate.
As always North Korea justifies its missile tests saying it is in defense of possible attacks that may come from US and their “puppets”.
“We will conduct ICBM tests anytime and anywhere in accordance with the decisions made by our central leadership,”
Flouting all calls to quit missile tests, the North Korean ambassador has publicly stated that their missile tests must continue.
So does Russia have anything to gain from the rift between US and North Korea?
Russia may not be disturbed since it knows it is not a target of the Asian country.
Meanwhile, both countries are currently developing mutual economic relationship. Before Kim ascended the presidential throne after his father, Russia had existing diplomatic relations with North Korea.
According to Matthew Chance, CNN‘s Moscow correspondent,
“While Russia is concerned about North Korea and its missiles, it also sees North Korea as an opportunity to gain leverage with the West, the US in particular,”
“Russia doesn’t want North Korea to have nuclear weapons, but the response from officials in Moscow has been minimal because they know Russia isn’t one of Pyongyang’s targets.”
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss Pyongyang’s latest Hwasong-12 missile launch.
In reaction to the Hwasong-12 missile launch, US calls for more sanctions on North Korea.
Before now the US Presidency said it would not mind diplomatic measures with North Korea under the right circumstance.
In the same way, newly elected South Korean president, Moon Jae-in also shares the same sentiments with the US.
They can only meet to talk if North Korea stops the dangerous missile tests.