South Korea Tests Missile Capable of Striking Any Part of the North

Claudine Rigal
Juin 26, 2017

North Korea said Friday it has test-launched a new type of cruise missile capable of striking USA and South Korean warships "at will", as South Korea found a suspected North Korean drone near the tense border between the rivals.

Korean President Jae In Moon says the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships could represent the start of future unification in the Korean Peninsula.

Moon suggested earlier this month that the two Koreas should apply to co-host the 2030 World Cup.

North Korea boycotted the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. "The successful test-firing of the Hyunmoo-2 indicates that (South Korea) has secured a maximum firing range based on the New Missile Guideline", the spokesperson noted.

So far, no athlete from North Korea has qualified for the Games, but that could change depending on a pair of figure skaters. "It's the same for forming a joint team for ice hockey", Chang added.

In an interview with the The Washington Post's Lally Weymouth ahead of his first visit to the White House this week, Moon said he hopes Washington and Seoul will be able to present a united front to the world on the issue.

The recently elected progressive South Korean leader advocates balancing global economic sanctions imposed on the Kim Jong Un government in the North for its continued nuclear and missile provocations, with non-political outreach, including sports diplomacy, to build trust and facilitate communication.

According to Pompeo, he and Trump talk for almost an hour daily on North Korea.

Having witnessed the launch 200 kilometers (124 miles) southwest of Seoul, Moon said he had "personally confirmed that the people may be at ease" following a series of North Korean missile tests this year alone.

President Moon Jae-in (left) shakes hands with North Korean IOC member Chang Ung at an opening ceremony of the World Taekwondo Championships in Muju, North Jeolla Province on Saturday.

"We may be different federations but we are one family", Choue said. "If North Korean athletes participate in the Pyeongchang Olympics, I think it would greatly contribute in realizing Olympic values, which are about bringing humanity together and promoting world peace", said Moon.

The talks led Clapper to conclude that the Kim Jong-un regime will not give up its nuclear program as it views it as its "tickets to survival", but was "badly craving" dialogue and political engagement with Washington, he said.

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