South Korea has deployed cruise missiles on the North Korean border, missiles that can hit targets anywhere in North Korea. This came in a statement for journalists by an official of the South Korean Defense Ministry, Kim Min Sok.
The statement came in the wake of Pyongyang’s underground nuclear test on the February 12. North Korea’s test has triggered bitter criticism from several countries, as well as the UN Security Council.
A spokesman for the South Korean Defense Ministry has told a news briefing in Seoul that South Korea will also try to create at an early date a system of detecting and destroying out North Korean missiles.
“The members of the Security Council strongly condemned this test, which is a grave violation of Security Council resolutions,” South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan, whose country is president of the council this month, told reporters. He said the council would now consider “appropriate measures.”
North Korea will face “increasing isolation and pressure” because of its third nuclear test, the US envoy to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said after the UN Security Council condemned Pyongyang.
Rice told reporters the 15-member body would start immediate talks on new sanctions.
North Korea’s actions “will not be tolerated and they will be met with North Korea’s increasing isolation and pressure under United Nations sanctions,” she said. Rice said that Washington and its allies intended to “augment the sanctions regime” already in place due to Pyongyang’s 2006 and 2009 atomic tests.
“This nuclear test was only the first response we took with maximum restraint,” an unnamed spokesman for the ministry, which acts as Pyongyang’s official voice to the outside world, said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency. North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said its most recent nuclear test was an act of self-defense in response to hostility from the United States and that it will take stronger follow-up actions if Washington keeps up its belligerence.
“If the United States continues to come out with hostility and complicates the situation, we will be forced to take stronger, second and third responses in consecutive steps.”