N Korea tests another missile putting US cities in range

first_imgA Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test. Reuters file photoNorth Korea fired a missile on Friday that experts said was capable of hitting Los Angeles and other US cities and the United States and South Korea responded by staging a joint missile exercise.North Korea confirmed the launch on Saturday, with its official news agency saying it was a “stern warning” for the United States. President Kim Jong Un said the missile showed that all of the United States was within striking distance but US authorities characterized that as an exaggeration.The administration of US President Donald Trump, which has branded North Korea the “most urgent and dangerous threat to peace,” condemned the launch as reckless.“By threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people,” President Donald Trump said in a statement. “The United States will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect our allies in the region.”South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo said at a news conference on Saturday Seoul would prepare independent measures to curb the nuclear threat from the North.“This ballistic missile launch by North Korea is a serious provocation that not only clearly violates the UN Security Council’s numerous resolutions but also threatens the safety of the Korean peninsula and world peace,” Song said. “The joint governments of South Korea and the United States will firmly punish North Korea for its missile provocation.”He said steps would be taken to hasten the temporary deployment of THAAD anti-missile units from the United States.The unusual late-night launch added to exasperation in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo over Pyongyang’s continuing development of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). Friday’s test prompted US and South Korean military officials to discuss military response options.The North Korean military had already raised alarms early this month with its first ICBM launch.The top US military official, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford, and Admiral Harry Harris, commander of US Pacific Command, spoke by phone with the top South Korean military official, General Lee Sun-jin, to discuss military response options to the launch.The Trump administration has said that all options are on the table, including military ones, however it has also made clear that diplomacy and sanctions are its preferred course.Following a meeting of South Korea’s National Security Council, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he wanted the UN Security Council to discuss new and stronger sanctions against the North, the presidential Blue House said.Later the United States and South Korea conducted a live-fire ballistic missile exercise in a display of firepower in response to the missile launch, the US military said.The two allies had staged a similar exercise after the North Korean test earlier in the month.The launch from North Korea’s northern Jangang province took place at 11:41 p.m. (1441 GMT), an official at South Korea’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the missile flew for about 45 minutes before apparently landing in the waters of Japan’s exclusive economic zone. Japanese broadcaster NHK, citing a military official, said the missile reached an altitude of more than 3,000 km (1,860 miles).US CITIES IN RANGEThe South Korean military said the missile was believed to be an ICBM-class, flying more than 1,000 km (620 miles) and reaching an altitude of 3,700 km (2,300 miles). In Washington, the Pentagon also said it had assessed that the missile was an ICBM.US officials said the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Pentagon spy agency, has determined that North Korea will be able to field a reliable nuclear-capable ICBM by next year, earlier than previously thought.Jeffrey Lewis of the California-based Middlebury Institute of International Studies said the launch showed Los Angeles was within range of a North Korean missile, with Chicago, New York and Washington, just out of reach.“They may not have demonstrated the full range. The computer models suggest it can hit all of those targets,” he said.The US-based Union of Concerned Scientists said its calculations showed the missile could have been capable of going as far into the United States as Denver and Chicago.Michael Elleman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies said the window for a diplomatic solution with North Korea “is closing rapidly.”“The key here is that North Korea has a second successful test in less than one month,” he said. “If this trend holds, they could establish an acceptably reliable ICBM before year’s end.”John Schilling, an aerospace expert and a contributor to 38 North, a Washington-based North Korea monitoring website, said the improved performance over the previous test could have been the result of a lighter payload as part of an effort to demonstrate that the missile could hit the US capital.Los Angeles would be protected by the US missile defense network, which includes four ground-based interceptors at Vandenberg Air Force base, 150 miles north of the city, and a second battery of 32 missiles in Alaska.During a test on 31 May the missile defense system shot down an incoming ICBM missile aimed at the US mainland and a Pentagon spokesman said the military had “confidence in our ability to defend against the limited threat.”Other authorities say the United States may not be able to seal itself off entirely from a North Korean ICBM attack.A DAY AFTER SANCTIONSTrump spoke with Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping about North Korea’s nuclear arsenal this month and has become frustrated that China has not reined in its ally Pyongyang.Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said Friday’s launch had been expected and took place from Mupyong-ni, an arms plant in northern North Korea. It came a day after the US Senate approved a package of sanctions on North Korea, Russia and Iran.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the launch of a “ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range,” his spokesman said.A Russian Defence Ministry official said Moscow’s data indicated the launch was only of a medium-range ballistic missile, Russian news agency Tass reported. Diplomats say China and Russia only view a long-range missile test or nuclear weapon test as a trigger for further possible UN sanctions.The data on the trajectory indicate the missile was fired at a sharply lofted angle but packed more power than the missile launched on July 4 that U.S and South Korean officials said was an ICBM, potentially capable of hitting the US mainland.US intelligence officials say that even if North Korea develops a reliable, nuclear-capable ICBM, which some say it remains several steps short of doing, the weapon would be almost useless except to deter the conventional attacks that Kim fears.“Kim is determined to secure international recognition of the North as a nuclear armed state, for the purposes of security, prestige, and political legitimacy,” the National Intelligence Council’s January Global Trends report said.last_img read more

PCJSS man shot dead in Rangamati

first_imgIllustration of shootingAn activist of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samity (PCJSS) was shot to death by some miscreants at his house in Babupara area of Baghaichhari municipality on Friday evening.The deceased was Bashu Chakma, 42, an activist of PCJSS (MN-Larma).Unidentified miscreants stormed into his house and opened fire on him around 7:30pm, leaving Bashu dead on the spot, said MM Manjur, officer-in-charge of Baghaichhari police station.Two locally made pistols were recovered from the spot, he added.last_img read more

Hand sanitisers may be harming your child

first_imgParents take note! Hand sanitisers may do more harm than good, warn scientists who found that these alcohol-based, scented products may tempt young kids to swallow the substance – leading to serious consequences such as stomach pains, nausea and even coma.Hand sanitizer of the alcohol-based type is genrally preferred to hand washing with soap and water in most situations in the healthcare setting. It is generally more effective at killing microorganisms and better tolerated than soap and water. But researchers from US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention have also identified serious consequences, including apnea, acidosis and coma in young children who swallowed alcohol-based hand sanitisers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTo characterise paediatric alcohol hand sanitiser exposures in the US, data reported by poison centres among children aged 12 years during 2011 to 2014 were analysed.Hand sanitiser exposures were defined as a poison centre call reporting an exposure to either alcohol hand sanitiser exposure or a non alcohol sanitiser product. Alcohol-based versions typically contain some combination of isopropyl alcohol, ethanol, or n-propanol. Calls reporting co-exposures to other agents were excluded to minimise confounding effects. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study found that majority of intentional exposures to alcohol hand sanitisers occurred in children aged 6-12 years.During 2011 – 2014, a total of 70,669 hand sanitiser exposures in children were reported, of which 65,293 were 92 per cent alcohol exposures and 5,376 were 8 per cent non alcohol exposures.These data also indicate that, among older children, exposures occur less frequently during the summer months.The reason for this seasonal trend is unknown but might be associated with flu season or more ready access to hand sanitisers during the school year, researchers said. The recommendations provided by the researchers included, hand washing with soap and water. Increasing awareness of the potential dangers are associated with intentional or unintentional ingestion of alcohol hand sanitisers.”Caregivers and health care providers need to be aware of the potential risks and dangers associated with improper use of hand sanitiser products among children and the need to use proper safety precautions to protect children,” researchers said.Reports of children drinking hand sanitizer have risen steadily since 2005, but the trend has increased in the last six years.The CDC also reports that about 6,000 children between the ages of 6-12 reported ingesting hand sanitizer — meaning these children were more likely to have drank sanitizer purposefully. Sanitizers can also skin damage. Although alcohol-based hand sanitizer kills the bacteria but washing hands also removes those little microbes from the skin entirely. It can lower the child’s immunity and the triclosan present in some sanitizers can wreak havoc on the health of the young ones. That odour of sanitizers that is due to the inclusion of a compound called phthalates is also a reason for the problems caused by it. These compounds easily leach into foods and then into the body. So using a sanitizer instead of soap before a meal might not be that good an idea. The CDC recommends that children should wash their hands with non-alchoholic soap and water in a non-healthcare situation.So, if you’re in a rush, feel free to use your trusty hand sanitizer. But remember that it’s not a replacement for good ol’ fashioned washing and the actual non-alcholic soap should be the first choice.last_img read more