Missile Testing

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Ahead of the resumption of  denuclearization talks between North Korea and The United States this weekend, North Korea test-fired a new submarine launched missile yesterday.

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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward the sea Wednesday, South Korea's military said, in a display of its expanding military capabilities hours after saying it would resume nuclear diplomacy with the United States this weekend.

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Anyone who has driven on Oahu’s south shore has likely seen a large white dome floating in Pearl Harbor. The Golf Ball, as it’s known to Oahu residents, is actually a sea-based ballistic missile radar that is capable of transoceanic travel. HPR was recently given a tour of the massive ship.

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It’s been a little more than a week since North Korea fired its latest ballistic missile test. While governments discuss further sanctions, one industry is focusing on another issue: airline routes. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The United States has been quick to condemn North Korea’s latest missile launch. That tone of outrage has been matched from other national capitals, but what may come next in the region is an open question. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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We’ve heard a lot these past few months about North Korea’s new and more powerful missiles, but less about new missiles in development in South Korea. As you might suspect, they are also more powerful. We have more on the Korean Arms race from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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North Korea remains a focus of international attention this week. Today is the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Army. And the United States and others are watching to see if the country marks the date with a possible nuclear test or missile launch. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Last Friday night, a missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai was successfully intercepted in space by a new anti-ballistic missile, according to the US Missile Defense Agency. This was the most ambitious test yet of a weapon jointly developed by the United States and Japan…we have details from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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This week, Kim Jong Un said that North Korea is ready to test an intercontinental ballistic missile.  And President-Elect Donald Trump vowed that would never happen. North Korea conducted two nuclear weapons tests and launched about 20 ballistic missiles last year, but, as we hear from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute, it’s never tested an ICBM.

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On Monday, as leaders of the G20 gathered in China- North Korea launched three missiles into Japanese waters.  The UN Security Council promptly issued a unanimous condemnation, but as we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute- the launch presents difficult political and military problems.

The timing, certainly no coincidence...amounts to a slap at China.  Jeffery Lewis, director of the East Asia Non-proliferation Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies told the Guardian, "They just don't care what the Chinese say anymore."

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While today's expected decision on the legality of China's territorial claims has focused attention on the South China Sea, tensions are also building at two other hotspots in East Asia, as we hear from Neal Conan in Today's Pacific News Minute.

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The US and other nations continue to discuss their response after North Korea fired off two medium range mobile missiles last week.  The tests represent yet another violation of Security Council resolutions.  With a claimed range of more than 2 thousand miles, the Musudan missile has the potential to threaten US bases in Guam and the Northern Marianas.  More from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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The waters off Hawai‘i will be the scene of a new kind of military exercise next month. For the first time, forces from the United States, South Korea and Japan will hold a joint missile defense drill. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

This exercise will test an information-sharing network among the United States, Japan and South Korea…in case of a North Korean missile launch.