North Korea keeps up missile barrage with intercontinental ballistic missile

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North Korea on Thursday extended the barrage of recent weapons tests by firing at least three missiles, including an intercontinental ballistic missile that forced the Japanese government to issue evacuation warnings and temporarily halt trains.

The launches are the latest in a series of North Korean weapons tests in recent months that have heightened tensions in the region. They came a day after Pyongyang fired more than 20 missilesthe most it has ever fired in a single day.

South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said it fired an ICBM from an area near the capital Pyongyang around 7:40 a.m. and fired two short-range missiles an hour later from the nearby town of Kacheon that flew into eastern waters.

The longer-range missile was fired from a high angle, apparently to avoid neighboring territory, reach a maximum altitude of 1,920 kilometers (1,193 miles) and travel about 760 kilometers (472 miles), according to South Korea’s military.

It was not immediately clear whether the launch was a success.

North Korean Missile Launch
People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with file images of a North Korean missile test, at a train station in Seoul, South Korea on Nov. 2, 2022.

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Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada announced similar flight details but said his military lost track of the weapon after it “disappeared” in the skies over waters between the Korean peninsula and Japan.

On October 4, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan for the first time in five years.

Choi Yong Soo, a South Korean naval captain who handles public affairs for Seoul’s defense ministry, did not immediately answer when asked whether the military believes the launch may have failed with the missile exploding in mid-air, saying that the test is still being analyzed.

Citing anonymous military sources, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported that the missile may not be able to continue its normal flight after a phase separation.

The Japanese government initially feared the ICBM would fly over its northern territory, but later revised its assessment and said there were no overflights.

The office of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida broadcast warnings via television, radio, cell phones and public loudspeakers to residents of northern Miyagi, Yamagata and Niigata prefectures, ordering them to enter or underground.

There are no reports of damage or injuries from areas where the warnings have been issued. Bullet train services in those regions were temporarily suspended after the missile alert, before being resumed shortly. Kishida condemned the North’s launches, saying officials were analyzing details of the weapons.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol’s office said its National Security Director Kim Sung-han discussed the launches at an emergency security meeting where members discussed plans to bolster the country’s defenses in conjunction with its alliance with the United States.

The office said South Korea will continue its combined military exercises with the United States in response to the intensification of North Korea’s testing activity, which North Korea says would only deepen the North’s international isolation and cause further economic shocks. would cause on the population.

One of the more than 20 missiles North Korea fired on Wednesday flew toward a populated South Korean island and landed near the rivals’ tense maritime border, setting off air-raid sirens and forcing residents on Ulleung Island. were evacuated. South Korea responded quickly by launching its own missiles in the same border area.

Those launches came hours after North Korea threatened to use nuclear weapons to get the US and South Korea to “pay the most terrible price in history” in protest at South Korea’s and the US’s ongoing military exercises that it sees as a rehearsal for a possible invasion.

In a statement Wednesday evening, a US State Department spokesman condemned the launch, calling it a “clear violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions”.

“This action underscores the need for all countries to fully implement the DPRK-related UN Security Council resolutions, which are intended to prohibit the DPRK from acquiring the technologies and materials needed to conduct these destabilizing tests.” , the statement says.

In September, the North Korean parliament unveiled a new “first use” doctrine that would allow Pyongyang to launch a preemptive nuclear strike. That raised concerns among America’s regional allies, Japan and South Korea. The two Koreas are still technically in a state of war, and Seoul relies on the US for protection.

The latest attempt at diplomacy under the Trump administration failed after a high-profile summit between President Trump and Kim in Hanoi, Vietnam, in February 2019. As the two leaders celebrated their personal ties, no deal was struck and North’s nuclear development continued. Korea through. The Biden administration’s reach has also fallen short.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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