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North Korea Fires Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile, U.S. Condemns Action

KN-11 Launch. North Korean Central News Agency Photo

KN-11 Launch. North Korean Central News Agency Photo

A North Korean submarine successfully launched a ballistic missile on Tuesday, U.S. Pacific Command officials confirmed in a late Tuesday statement.

The unidentified submarine launched what’s believed to be a KN-11 ballistic missile, Cmdr. Dave Benham told USNI News in a statement.

“U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) systems detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean submarine missile launch at 3:29 p.m. CDT, August 23, 2016,” Benham said.
“The missile was tracked over and into the Sea of Japan, approximately 300 miles off the coast of North Korea. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America.”

The U.S. condemned the action.

“We strongly condemn this and North Korea’s other recent missile tests, which violate UN Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea’s launches using ballistic missile technology,” he said.

The launch comes during the annual U.S.- South Korea Ulchi Freedom Guardian bilateral military exercise which began earlier this week.

North Korea, which sees the exercise as provocative and threatened a nuclear response to the drills if the U.S. and South Korea, “show the slightest sign of aggression,” reported CNN.

The following is the complete Aug. 23, 2016 statement from PACOM.

U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) systems detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean submarine missile launch at 3:29 p.m. CDT, August 23, 2016. The launch of a presumed KN-11 submarine-launched ballistic missile occurred off the coast of Sinpo. The missile was tracked over and into the Sea of Japan, approximately 300 miles off the coast of North Korea. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America.

We strongly condemn this and North Korea’s other recent missile tests, which violate UN Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea’s launches using ballistic missile technology.

This provocation only serves to increase the international community’s resolve to counter the DPRK’s prohibited activities, including through implementing existing UN Security Council sanctions. Multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions require the DPRK to suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile program. We intend to raise our concerns at the UN to bolster international resolve in holding the DPRK accountable for these actions.

Our commitment to the defense of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of these threats, is ironclad. We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation. We call on North Korea to refrain from actions that further raise tensions in the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its commitments and international obligations.

 

  • Hugh

    Certain Asians don’t seem to heed any international laws/agreements in the China seas……..!

  • RobM1981

    Have we considered sending them aircraft full of Swiss Franc’s and Euro’s?

    That seems to be our SOP when dealing with rogue nuclear nations.

    • John Locke

      ……….and yet the U.S. is the only country to have ever used nuclear weapons and the GOP Presidential candidate advocates using them again in a “conventional” role.

      • RobM1981

        So your logic is: Since we used them to end WWII, it’s only logical that North Korea have them.

        Why didn’t Barack Obama think of that? Does Hillary know that you are ready to take over at State, if she wins? It is logic like yours that the world needs at the helm, for sure.

        • John Locke

          You have made a flawed assumption

          • Ctrot

            You were first in making a flawed comparison.

          • John Locke

            I did not compare anything. I stated two facts. Where you and others took it is of your own accord.

          • Ctrot

            Making the statement you made in the context of this discussion is a direct comparison between US actions in WWII and North Korean actions today, regardless if you are capable of realizing it or not.

      • Horn

        One could easily make a strong argument that our use of nuclear weapons against Japan is one of the main reasons why they haven’t been used in conflict since then. When you think of the destruction caused by those two weapons (15 & 20 kilotons of TNT) and then think of the capacity of current nuclear weapons (~5 megatons of TNT), we now have a much better understanding of a weapon’s yield. We have that benchmark to compare them to, now.

        • yes yes so good. Build more nukes! Let Japan have nukes–the more the merrier!

          • sferrin

            When (not if) Japan and South Korea get nukes you can thank China.

  • olesalt

    What has China done & is doing to restrain its ally? Very dangerous for the US, South Korea, Japan & in fact the region. Will the US blink? Remember Pearl Harbour & take action: Firstly Diplomatically & Very Quickly Military with its allies if there is real Danger from this mad leader. Let’s see what China will do – Go to war to help a mad ally?

    • Patrick

      I think we already blinked.

      • sferrin

        “Blinked”? We’re cowering in the corner with our tail between our legs.

    • you tell me how easy it is to restrain an ex-friend. China can only do so much. Why aren;t you blaming Obama?

  • sferrin

    “U.S. Condemns Action”

    Ah, the harsh memo. The most effective deterrent ever devised. Jeeeezus.

  • talking is cheap…

  • John B. Morgen

    The North Koreans could not careless what anyone says about them, including, the United States, For the United States to condemning this North Korean SSB launching is rather moot, if [NOT] pointless or if not embarrassing for a super power that refuses to take military action; especially, and technically both nation-states are at war. The United States should counter this SSB missile launching with some military response that is equivalent to the destructive level. I’m [NOT] referring to a fly-by of F-22 or F-35 aircraft; I’m referring about basing B-1Bs in South Korea or somewhere that is very nearby. Furthermore, I would also double the United States troop levels, along with supporting units; and I would not be polite about it. As for China, the Chinese are useless for dealing with the North Koreans.

  • Russ Neal

    Like Hans Blix in Team America.

  • SierraSierraQuebec

    This and the elevator, it’s all Hofstader’s fault.

  • Corporatski Kittenbot 2.0

    Japan & South Korea need to stop dilly-dallying.

    They already have some good missile defence capabilities, but they need to get the wallets out.

    2 x Aegis Ashore facilities in Japan & 1 in SK complemented by a handful of THAAD batteries would be a good start.
    No point waiting hoping that ‘it’ won’t happen.

  • Ed L

    Aw crap