According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, North Korea allegedly launched a long-range ballistic missile on Saturday afternoon, an action that has since been condemned by the US. The missile is believed to have landed in the exclusive economic zone of Japan and to the west of the northern main island of Hokkaido, as confirmed by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
The timing of this event is particularly worrying, as it occurred just one day after North Korea issued a warning of “unprecedented strong responses” if the US and South Korea proceed with their scheduled military exercises, as reported by CNN. The launch of this missile has heightened tensions and raised concerns about the ongoing political and military situation in the region.
Adrienne Watson, who’s the National Security Council spokesperson of the White House, is one of those who condemn the initiative of testing the long-range ballistic missile. He stated:
While [the US Indo-Pacific Command] has assessed it did not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel, or territory, or to our allies, this launch needlessly raises tensions and risks destabilizing the security situation in the region,
It only demonstrates that the DPRK continues to prioritize its unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs over the well-being of its people.
The ballistic missile launched by North Korea was reportedly fired from the Sunan area of Pyongyang at around 5:22 p.m. local time. It is said to have traveled a distance of approximately 900 kilometers (559 miles) and reached an altitude of 5,700 kilometers (3,541 miles). This latest missile launch has raised concerns and garnered widespread condemnation, as it represents a significant escalation of tensions in the region.
North Korea has developed and tested nuclear weapons throughout its history. The country has conducted several nuclear tests in the past. The international community has condemned North Korea’s nuclear program and has imposed economic sanctions in an attempt to persuade the country to abandon its nuclear ambitions. Despite these efforts, North Korea has continued to develop its nuclear capabilities, which has raised tensions in the region and the world.
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