Top US officer in the Pacific says North Korea’s military actions are a ‘recipe for disaster’ and warns Kim’s goal is to create nukes that can strike worldwide

  • US Admiral Harry Harris Jr urged nations not to adopt a sense of complacency
  • North Korea test-launched a missile on Sunday described as most advanced yet
  • Harris said Kim Jong-Un is combining nuclear warheads and ballistic technology
  • Result of which, he said, is a recipe for disaster as defense programme develops 

The top American military officer in the Pacific said Wednesday that North Korea‘s recent military actions are ‘a recipe for a disaster’ and warned Kim Jong-Un‘s goal is to create nuclear missiles capable of striking anywhere in the world.

Admiral Harry Harris Jr urged nations not to get adopt a sense of complacency in the face of increasing tensions on the Korean Peninsula after North Korea test-launched a missile on Sunday that many experts believe could be its most advanced yet.

‘Combining nuclear warheads with ballistic technology in the hands of a volatile leader like Kim Jong-Un is a recipe for a disaster,’ Harris said.

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U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris Jr. shakes hands with guests after deliverinfg a speech at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

U.S. Pacific Command Commander Admiral Harry Harris Jr. shakes hands with guests after deliverinfg a speech at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Wednesday, May 17, in Tokyo

Kim Jong-Un, North Korea's leader, stands underneath a huge missile which was said to have been launched on Sunday

Kim Jong-Un, North Korea’s leader, stands underneath a huge missile which was said to have been launched on Sunday

Talking at a lecture for a Tokyo think tank after meeting with Japanese leaders that he said focused on North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs, he said: ‘Kim Jong Un is not afraid to fail in public and every test he makes is a success because it takes North Korea one step closer to being able to deliver a nuclear-equipped missile anywhere in the world.’

How far would missile have to travel from Pyongyang to reach the rest of the world?

US Naval Base in Guam: 2,114 miles (3,402 km)

Hawaii: 4,727 miles (7,670 km)

London (over mainland Europe): 5,379 miles (8,657 km)

San Francisco:  5,588 miles (8,993 km)

Los Angeles:  5,935 miles (9,551 km)

Washington, DC: 6,857 miles (11,035 km)

The missile on Sunday was deliberately fired on a lofted trajectory – reaching more than 1,300 miles (2,092 km), which is higher than satellites in low Earth orbit.

The purpose of the launch was to test re-entry capabilities and what is being described as its ‘splash zone’ in the open Pacific.

Harris, head of the United States Pacific Command, based in Hawaii, said North Korea is ‘closer to being able to deliver a nuclear-equipped missile anywhere in the world’ and called for further coordination between the US, Japan and South Korea to deal with the threat.

He also criticized China for throwing up obstacles to the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, where Beijing has constructed island bases in the disputed waters, saying ‘we should fly, be able to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows’.

While in Tokyo, Harris met Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Tomomi Inada.

U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris Jr. answers questions during a speech at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

US Pacific Command Commander Admiral Harry Harris Jr. answers questions during a speech at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation

U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris Jr. answers questions during a speech at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Harris gestures to a member of the audience at the lecture as he sits behind two cans of Coke

U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris Jr. delivers a speech at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Harris, seen speaking at the conference, said North Korea’s military actions are a recipe for diasaster

U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris Jr. delivers a speech at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

People gather to listen to the US’ top officer in the Pacific to hear his views on North Korea

This graphic shows how an ICBM works and how far off the missile North Korea launched on Sunday was from reaching the US mainland. If it had been fired at a standard trajectory (marked in red) it would have reached almost halfway across the Pacific. Instead, it was tested at a steep angle (in yellow) to avoid affecting neighbouring countries' security

This graphic shows how an ICBM works and how far off the missile North Korea launched on Sunday was from reaching the US mainland. If it had been fired at a standard trajectory (marked in red) it would have reached almost halfway across the Pacific. Instead, it was tested at a steep angle (in yellow) to avoid affecting neighbouring countries’ security

Sunday night’s missile launch by the dictator’s defence ministry soared 489 miles (787 km) reaching a height of 1,312 miles (2,111 km).

The test ‘represents a level of performance never before seen from a North Korean missile’, John Schilling, an aerospace expert, said in an analysis on the US-based 38 North website.

‘It appears to have not only demonstrated an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) that might enable them to reliably strike the US base at Guam, but more importantly, may represent a substantial advance to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).’

Sunday’s missile was deliberately fired at the highest angle to avoid affecting neighbouring countries’ security, but had it been launched at a standard trajectory, it would have reached at least 2,500 miles (4,000km) – almost half the 5,500 miles (8,851 km) required to reach the US mainland.

South Korean Defence Minister Han Min-koo told parliament Sunday’s test-launch was ‘successful in flight’.

Asked if North Korea’s missile programme was developing faster than the South had expected, he said: ‘Yes.’

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One Response to “Top US officer in the Pacific says North Korea’s military actions are a ‘recipe for disaster’ and warns Kim’s goal is to create nukes that can strike worldwide”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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