US BANS All Flights From North Korea Airspace After Missile Almost Hits Plane
President Trump bans all flight in Pyongyang Flight Information Region,
President Donald Trump has banned airplanes from flying in North Korea airspace and over the sea of Japan after a missile almost hit a passenger plane.
The North Korea's airspace, otherwise known as the Pyongyang Flight Information Region, was off limits for US airline already, but Trump has now expanded the no-fly zone.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement: "Due to the hazardous situation created by North Korean military capabilities and activities, including unannounced North Korean missile launches and air defense weapons systems, all flight operations in the Pyongyang Flight Information Region are prohibited.”
The Express reports: The move to extend the no-fly zone above North Korea by the US follows the same moves made by Germany and France. The decision comes after the hermit kingdom fired a missile on July 28 that came close to a plane carrying 323 passengers on board.
Air France Flight 293 had taken off from Tokyo and was heading to Paris when the missile passed by before plunging into the Sea of Japan.
North Korea previously issued warnings to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) when they were planning to conduct missile tests, however, the rogue nation has skipped out on this protocol in recent years.
The FAA added: “North Korea also conducted an extensive number of ballistic missile launches during 2016.
“North Korea did not notify ICAO or publish a Notice to Airmen warning of any missile launches in 2016 or 2017.”
A recent report from the Flight Service Bureau (FSB) stated that besides a direct hit, falling debris from a missile re-entering the atmosphere poses a significant threat to aircraft.
It said: "Any fragment of reasonable size hitting a tailplane, wing, or engine as the aircraft is in cruise at 450 knots creates a significant risk of loss of control of the aircraft.
"The chances of a missile, or part of it, striking the aircraft are not as low as it may initially appear.
"Given that all these re-entries are occurring in quite a focused area, prudence dictates considering avoiding the airspace."
The move by Trump comes after he recently labelled the hermit kingdom a “menace threatening the world with nuclear devastation” during a speech in Seoul this week.
The President attacked the regime of despot leader Kim Jong-un and called on “all responsible nations” to come together to halt the nuclear threat from the rogue state.
He said: "The world cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens it with nuclear devastation.
“All responsible nations must join forces to isolate the brutal regime of North Korea-to deny it any form of support.
Established by the provisions of the Korean Armistice Agreement to serve as a buffer zone between North Korea and South Korea
“The North Korean regime has pursued its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in defiance of every assurance, agreement, and commitment it has made to the United States and its allies.
“It’s broken all of those commitments."
“After promising to freeze its plutonium programme in 1994 it repeated the benefits of the deal and then immediately continued its illicit nuclear activities.
“In 2005 after years of diplomacy the dictatorship agreed to ultimately abandon its nuclear programmes and return to the treaty on non-proliferation, but it never did and worst it tested the very weapons it said it was going to give up.”
Trump emphasized that the US refuses to be “blackmailed or attacked” and sent a stern warning to Pyongyang that previous regimes that have failed to comply with American rhetoric have been “discarded”.
He added: “America does not seek conflict or confrontation, but we will never run from it.
“History is filled with discarded regimes that have foolishly tested America’s resolve.
“Anyone who doubts the strength or determination of the United States should look to our past and you will doubt it no longer.
“We will not permit America or our allies, to be blackmailed or attacked. We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction.
“We will not be intimidated and we will not let the worst atrocities in history be repeated here on this ground we fought and died so hard to secure.”