In response to those launches, the UN has imposed its toughest sanctions yet on the pariah nation, including mandatory searches of cargo entering and leaving the country and a total ban on the movement of small arms across the North Korean border.

At the Pentagon, spokesman Cmdr.

The earlier ejection test was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon on January 5. According to RT, the Marine Corps just created a new mobile unit that is specifically focused on attacking North Korea from the rear in light of emergency situations.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also lambasted North Korea for its recent missile launches, saying he would consult with the USA and South Korea on the possible course of action Tokyo will follow against North Korea.

North Korea fired five short-range missiles into the sea Monday, the South Korean military says.

"We will be very glad and hope we'll have the opportunity to sit down and talk with China about those very technical limitations and facts about the system", she said.

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These short-range missile launches come after North Korea fired two medium-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Friday, as we reported. The second missile blew up in flight.

South Korea has been in talks with Beijing to restart discussions on North Korea policy, and Seoul's envoy to the six-party talks, Kim Hong-kyun, met with his Chinese counterpart Wu Dawei last week to discuss the South's assessment of recent North Korea provocations.

Army Lieutenant General David Mann, commander, U.S. Army Space & Missile Command, told reporters that the THAAD system would result in a "huge increase" in missile defense capabilities on the Korean peninsula. "Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News".

Seoul government officials, meanwhile, said they were fully prepared for the possibility of another North Korean underground nuclear test.

"There are a lot of signs that something is going to happen", one official said. The now reluctant United States is wary of China, who is North's only ally and wouldn't like to see the U.S. or a US-backed regime change. North Korea, however, are allowed to continue exports of their products to China provided that such transactions are done for "livelihood purposes".