Saturday 17 March 2018

Analysis: Missile sees the 'nightmare scenario' of full-scale conflict inch ever closer

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Photo: AP
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Photo: AP

Julian Ryall

North Korea has frequently warned that a full-scale conflict was about to break out on the Korean peninsula - and with belligerent comments coming from both Pyongyang and Washington DC in recent days, and then yesterday's missile, that possibility may just have inched closer.

What was previously dismissed as wild rhetoric, the nightmare scenario became significantly more likely after North Korea carried out two test launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles in June.

The crisis has deepened since then, however, with Pyongyang reacting to the latest sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council by threatening to subject the US mainland to "an unimaginable sea of fire".

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