North Korea Test Fires Two Short-range Missiles
Less than a day after conducting a nuclear test that brought heavy criticism from most of the world's major nations, North Korea test-fired two short-range missiles from its east coast. On Monday the paranoid country tested a nuclear weapon and fired a short range missile.
North Korea has also restarted a reprocessing plant, that aids in the construction of nuclear weapons.
Northy Korea has apparently restarted a fuel reprocessing facility at Yongbyon. Steam has recently seen coming from the facility. Experts had earlier speculated that it would take two to four months for the North to resume operations at the plant.
Fuel reprocessing extracts plutonium, the raw material for nuclear weapons, from spent fuel rods. North Korea has some 8,000 spent fuel rods at the Yongbyon nuclear facility. If it reprocesses them, it could obtain an additional 6 to 8 kg of plutonium, enough to make one nuclear weapon.
International markets fell with news of the second set of launches and opposition was quick to come from South Korea and China, with more to follow. There was unanimous condemnation at the United Nations Security Council meeting on Monday following the nuclear test and said the test was a clear violation of previous resolutions.
"We should be clear that these are short-range missiles. They are in the realm of anti-ship or anti-aircraft missiles, not missiles designed to target cities or other country population centers," said analyst Daniel Pinkston of the International Crisis Group, which describes itself as an independent non-profit group committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.
The U.N. Security Council condemned Monday's nuclear test as a "clear violation" of international law.
NowPublic staffer Jon Azpiri posted about the possibility of a second launch yesterday:
A South Korean official has stated that North Korea is read fire another short-range missile in the next couple of days.
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