Nuclear Test Spark Defence Upgrades

Nuclear Test Spark Defence Upgrades

By Erin Archer

 

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has confirmed the hydrogen bomb test was a “perfect success”, and was a “meaningful” step in completing his country’s nuclear weapons programme, however following the test South Korea has now boosted it’s defences.

According to state television, the hydrogen bomb designed to be mounted on North Korea’s newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) produced a greater yield than any of its previous nuclear tests.

World leaders have condemned the latest missile test, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calling it unacceptable, and that Japan will now talk to other nations about what the next step will be to respond.

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s office issued a statement which reiterated the need for sanctions on the rouge state.

 

“The reports are deeply concerning and only serve to emphasise the importance of using sanctions to compel North Korea to abandon its illegal programs and reinforce our determination in working with our allies and partners to deter Pyongyang from threatening its neighbours,” the statement read.

 

And Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described Kim Jong-un as “evil”.

Meanwhile United States President Donald Trump has labelled the move “hostile and dangerous” followed by a warning from his Defence Secretary James Mattis, that any threat to the US would be met with a massive military response.

Mr Mattis met with Mr Trump and national security advisers at the White House, and said their response would be both effective and overwhelming, if there was a threat to the US, it’s territories or their allies.

Now, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has announced the country will be temporarily deploying additional launchers for a US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system, after their Defence Ministry said there were signs North Korea was preparing for more ballistic missile launches.

However it has not been confirmed when additional launchers would be moved into place.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, told an emergency security council session that enough was enough and only the strongest sanctions would solve the problem through diplomacy.

 

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