Skip to comments.North Korea fires rockets into sea on Francisí first day in Seoul
Posted on 08/14/2014 2:27:30 PM PDT by NYer
(©ANSA) SEOUL - PRESIDENT PARK KEUN-HYE WELCOMES THE POPE TO SOUTH KOREA
North Korea fired a number of short-range rockets into the sea just as Pope Francis arrived in Seoul. Border security has been tightened. Meanwhile, Francis has sent a message to China.
Upon his arrival in South Korea, Francis was welcomed by President Park Geun-Hye and also by three rockets. The Pope flew into Incheon airport in Seoul at 10:15 (local time) this morning for a five-day visit. North Korea fired three short-range rockets from a 300-millimeter multiple rocket launcher, into the East Sea (Sea of Japan), shortly before the Popes arrival. This is according to South Korea's Ministry of Defence.
The rockets were fired at a range of 220 kilometres from a launch site near Wonsan, a city on the north-eastern coast and ended up in the East Sea. The launches began at 9:30 without any prior warning and continued for about 25 minutes.
Our military has reinforced surveillance of the North and are on maximum alert for other potential launches, South Korean military spokesman, Um Hyo-sik, said. North Korea had already launched some short-range missiles at the end of June and at the beginning of July, raising tensions in the region.
Meanwhile, this is the first time that a Pope has ever been allowed to fly over the Peoples Republic of China. I invoke the divine blessings of peace and well-being upon the nation, Francis said in a message addressed to Chinas President Xi Jinping, the Nation and its inhabitants. The message was sent as the Pope flew through Chinese airspace on his way to South Korea. As is customary, Pope Francis sent telegrams to the leaders of the nations over which he flew en route to Korea: Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Mongolia and China.
There has been no official response from China yet but The Global Times, a paper close to the ruling Communist party, titled one of its articles: Pope's approved China fly-by seen as sign of 'possible détente'. The newspaper recalls that the Holy Sees recognition of Taiwan and the fact that Beijing has claimed the right to nominate its own bishops are two obstacles to the normalization of Sino-Vatican relations.
According to Wang Meixiu, a research fellow with the Institute of World Religion Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, whom the article quotes, allow[ing] the papal fly-by shows the Chinese government's courtesy. Francis and Chinas President Xi Jinping exchanged messages at the start of both of their mandates.
"There is still a way out, if the Vatican can reach an agreement with Chinese authorities over the candidates for bishops," Wang said.
Although the Taiwan question remains, the newspaper says that the fact that Francis comes from a developing country, has won him more popularity that his predecessor. In 1989, for example, John Paul II was not granted permission to fly over China.
Still, China has banned Christians from going on pilgrimages to South Korea, the government has detained some bishops who are faithful to the Pope and has had 230 crucifixes torn down and some churches in the province of Zeijiang demolished.
Must be part of their new theology program... Chinese Gov't To Construct a Christian Theology
Argentina WAS a developed country. It has been devolving for 75 years. And there are no signs they are turning around.
Kimmie III is really ticked that he wasn’t invited to have an audience...
a one-rocket salute?
Dear Jong-un: This is why you’re ronery.
OHH CHia chub so roaney he want meet the Pope LOL!
I shoot rockets in your general direction! And your mother smells of elderberry wine!
China is not interested in that. They are now creating their own form of "Chinese Christianity"
The Chinese are probably NOT happy with the North Koreans firing off missiles “to celebrate” Pope Francis’s visit to South Korea. The Red Chinese don’t want problems in the Koreas because they know that if something does happen, North Korean civilians will flood north into China for safety and FOOD.