Japan PM: NKorea may be capable of sarin-loaded missiles

Trevor Jackson
Апреля 16, 2017

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's statements on North Korea took on a sharper edge this week, indicating the government's level of preoccupation with the issue and possibly reflecting the seriousness of U.S. President Donald Trump.

The North, ruled by 33-year-old Kim Jong-un, has conducted two nuclear tests and launched around 30 ballistic missiles since last year.

"There is a possibility that North Korea is already capable of delivering (via missile) a warhead containing sarin", Abe told a parliamentary diplomacy and defence committee, referring to the poison nerve agent.

"Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sight focused on the USA invasionary bases not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theatre but also in the US mainland", the propaganda newspaper wrote according to The Independent.

If countries such as China and North Korea are listening to the change in Abe's tone, it may restrain their actions somewhat, likely fulfilling his goal.

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Hong said his family lives hundreds of miles from The North Korean capital, but he worries nuclear weapons could reach them.

The move follows the United States' deployment of an aircraft carrier and accompanying ships near the Korean Peninsula amid signs North Korea is preparing to conduct another nuclear test.

The South Korean won and shares fell on Friday, ending the week lower, as tensions increased between North Korea and the United States. At the time, the Washington Post reported that Kim Jong-Un considered the missiles a test-run for real future strikes on US military bases in Japan. But recently, Abe's ruling party has proposed that Japan should bolster its missile defense, including upgrading the capability to shoot down an enemy missile and acquiring the capacity to attack the base it was sacked from.

The Trump administration is counting on China to pressure North Korea into giving up its nuclear weapons program, but if that doesn't work, they will turn to military options. Expectations are high the North may put its newest missiles on display during a military parade that could be held to mark the event.

Kim, who arrived in a black limousine, did not make a speech.

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