World War 3 Tension Escalates: UN Calls Emergency Meeting Over North Korea Missile Testing

Nids Prabha

The United Nations Security Council is holding an emergency meeting as World War 3 tensions are escalating. North Korea's latest missile testing has got the entire world worried over the plan ahead to avoid a nuclear war.

According to recent reports, the United Nations Security Council will be meeting diplomats from the United States, Japan, and South Korea on May 23, 2017. The emergency meeting requested by the United Nations will be held behind closed doors to discuss a plan to defuse tension with North Korea. On May 21, 2017, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) launched another missile from Pukchang.

The solid-fuel Pukguksong-2 missile flew about 310 miles and reached a height of 350 miles on Sunday before plunging into the Pacific Ocean. The missile had a shorter range than the missiles North Korea launched more recently.

Kim Jong Un has expressed "great satisfaction" with his missile testing team, state-run KCNA news agency reported. Apparently, a total of 58 images is published on another state-run news agency, Rodong Sinmun, to show-off the missile launch.

"Viewing the images of the Earth being sent real-time from the camera mounted on the ballistic missile, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un said it feels grand to look at the Earth from the rocket we launched and the entire world looks so beautiful."

This is the second ballistic missile launch in May 2017 and eighth since the start of the year 2017 by North Korea. On May 14, 2017, North Korea was finally able to expand its missile program for intermediate-range ballistics. The successful launch of Hwasong-12 impressed dictator Kim Jong Un and he celebrated the victory with the entire missile program team.

The Hwasong-12 ballistic reached an altitude of 2,111.5 km (1,312 miles) and traveled a distance of 489 miles before breaching Japan's Air Defense Identification Zone and going down in the Sea of Japan. Kim Jong Un said that the team "worked hard to achieve a great thing."

"The missile flew around 30 minutes and landed in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea," said Japan's chief cabinet secretary.

The Washington is trying its best to suppress the use of nuclear missiles by North Korea. The White House has urged in an official statement for a complete end of North Korea's use of nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

"The United States maintains our ironclad commitment to stand with our allies in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea. Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea."

In order to stay secure, the United States has placed its missile defense system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, in South Korea. While avoiding a nuclear war is the main priority, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned that North Korea's irate behavior is not helping and weapons program is on the table, if required.

"If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action then that option is on the table. Certainly, we do not want for things to get to a military conflict. But obviously, if North Korea takes actions that threaten the South Korean forces or our own forces then that would be met with an appropriate response… Let me be very clear — the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures. All options are on the table."