The dictatorship says the missiles were launched in response to military exercises conducted by the United States and South Korea.
North Korea is said to have fired two short-range ballistic missiles, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency writes. They cite South Korean defense sources.
The missile launch, the sixth in less than two weeks, according to AFP, comes in response to the United States and South Korea conducting military exercises in the region.
The first missile traveled 350 kilometers and had a maximum altitude of 80 kilometers, according to the South Korean defense, while the second missile fell after 800 kilometers at an altitude of 60 kilometers. That’s what NTB writes.
According to a South Korean General Staff official, this appears to be the first time North Korea has launched missiles from Samsok. He added that it appeared to be a “different type of short-range ballistic missile” from previous tests.
The US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was deployed to South Korean waters yesterday, to show off its might following North Korea’s launch earlier in the week.
This was confirmed by South Korean President Yoon after tonight’s launch, according to Reuters.
Once again forced to comment on North Korea’s missile launch, the Japanese prime minister referred to that night as “totally unacceptable.”
No later than Tuesday night North Korea launched a missile over Japan.
For the first time in five years, a missile flew over Japan, prompting the country to issue an evacuation alert. According to military experts, the missile is likely to be Hwasong-12, which can reach Guam, which belongs to the United States.
The US State Department condemns the launch and believes that the ongoing launches pose a threat to its neighbors and the international community.
The United States will continue to have diplomatic contacts with North Korea, asking it to participate in the dialogue, according to a State Department statement, according to Reuters.
North Korea has conducted 40 missile tests so far this year, but the United Nations Secretary-General described the latest test as a clear escalation.
Last night, South Korea and the United States launched four missiles into the Sea of Japan, in response to North Korea’s Tuesday night launch.
One of the missiles hit the ground, causing panic in Gangneung City.
Stuck at the United Nations
Around the same time the two missiles were launched last night, the UN Security Council met on repeated weapons tests, according to the NTB. It ended without consensus. North Korea has previously condemned the United States and its allies for ordering a Security Council meeting
At the Security Council, China, an ally of North Korea, accused the United States of provoking several North Korean weapons tests. The representative of Russia made similar accusations.
Geng Shuang, China’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, said the recent tests were “closely related” to military exercises conducted by the United States and its allies in the region. Moreover, he accused the United States of “poisoning the regional security climate.”
On the other hand, it was argued that the inability of the Security Council to agree on weapons tests would make the Kim Jong-un regime more emboldened and undermine the council’s authority.
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