The opposition candidate for South Korea’s presidency, Ion Suk-Yaul, has expressed support for a pre-emptive strike against North Korea’s supersonic missiles, just hours after the second North Korean experiment in a week. Yun, who is leading the polls ahead of the election in two months, noted that “interception is impossible” and therefore there is justification for an early attack, but added that emphasis should be placed on diplomatic efforts and sanctions against Pyongyang.
In the camp of the ruling Democratic Party candidate, Li Jia-myung, they condemned Yun’s remarks and defied that they were “unworthy” and that they could only make North Koreans act on their own. “Things will cause nervousness among the South Koreans,” he told me, while his men accused Lee of misunderstanding security issues.
Experts have also expressed bewilderment about Ion’s statement. “It’s pretty amazing to hear talk of using conventional counter-force, that is, attacking nuclear weapons with conventional weapons,” noted Joshua Pollack of the Middlesbrough Institute for International Studies.
Tonight North Korea made another launch, the second in the last week. According to information released by the South Koreans, the data indicate that this time, too, it is a sonic missile, which flew at a distance of more than 700 km at Mach 10 speed and at a maximum altitude of 60 km. By comparison, last week’s missile flew less than 700 km and at a speed of Mach 6.