North Korea has fired another ballistic missile, South says


Launch was the sixth in 12 days and the first since an intermediate-range missile was fired over Japan on Tuesday
After joint missile drills between South Korea and the US and the return of a US aircraft carrier to the area in reaction to the North’s recent missile tests, North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles in the direction of its east coast and Japan.
The launch was the first since North Korea fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) over Japan on Tuesday and the sixth missile launch in the previous 12 days.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea and the Japanese government both reported on the launch.
“This is the sixth time in the short period just counting the ones from the end of September,” Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida told reporters. “This absolutely cannot be tolerated.”
After the US spoke to the UN security council about Pyongyang’s “just counteraction measures of the Korean People’s Army on South Korea-US joint drills,” North Korea criticized the US and launched its missile approximately an hour later.
North Korea also criticized Washington for relocating a US aircraft carrier in the waters off the Korean peninsula, claiming that it constituted a major threat to the stability of the situation in a statement issued by the reclusive country’s foreign ministry.

 

After South Korea and the US military carried out unusual missile drills east of North Korea, the USS Ronald Reagan and the strike group of supporting vessels were quickly redeployed.
The action was taken in response to North Korea’s IRBM launch this week over Japan, one of the allies’ most forceful responses to a North Korean military test since 2017.
On Wednesday, the United States charged China and Russia with supporting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by thwarting efforts to tighten sanctions against Pyongyang over its development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
According to the Japanese defense minister Yasukazu Hamada, Tokyo communicated with North Korea through delegations in Beijing in “vehement protest.”
The second missile on Thursday had an estimated altitude of 50 kilometers (31.07 miles) and reached 800 km, possibly flying in an erratic trajectory. The first missile on Thursday likely flew to an altitude of roughly 100 kilometers and a range of 350 kilometers.
Recent short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) from North Korea are often built with a lower, depressed trajectory and the ability to maneuver, making it more difficult to track and intercept them.
Hamada told reporters that North Korea had intensified its provocations unilaterally and continuously, particularly since the year’s beginning.
According to JCS of South Korea, the missiles were fired from a location close to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.
The missile fired on Tuesday, according to foreign experts, was capable of reaching Guam in the US Pacific Ocean and beyond.
Following Tuesday’s launch, the US, Britain, France, Albania, Norway, and Ireland demanded that the UN security council convene in an emergency session.
Observers claim that North Korea wants to increase the size of its nuclear weapons in order to increase its negotiating power with the US.

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