New military escalation of the Pyongyang regime: “Response to Washington-Seoul exercises”
New military escalation of the Pyongyang regime which in the night launched two other missiles towards the Sea of Japan 48 hours after its last test. According to reports from the South Korean news agency Yonhap, citing the joint chiefs of staff in Seoul, two missiles were launched from the Samsok area.
The Japanese Prime Minister’s office had previously tweeted the news of the launch of a suspected ballistic missile, with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida calling Pyongyang’s repeated missile launches “absolutely unacceptable”.
The Japanese Minister of Defense, Yasukazu Hamada, clarified that the two missiles fell outside the exclusive economic zone of Japan, specifying that there are no reports of damage reported by ships or planes of his country. The two North Korean missiles flew a distance of between 350 and 800 kilometers at an altitude ranging between 50 and 100 kilometers.
The new ballistic missile launch to the Sea of Japan is part of the “just counter measures” to joint exercises between the United States and South Korea that military tensions are “escalating” on the Korean peninsula, the Pyongyang Foreign Ministry said in a statement, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.
In the note, North Korea “strongly condemned” the United States and other countries for having called an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council regarding missile launches.
Pyongyang also referred to the return of the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Uss Ronald Reagan to the waters of the Korean peninsula, arguing that the US represents “a serious threat to the stability” of the area.
United States Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, has asked North Korea to “stop the reckless and provocative behavior”, denouncing “an escalation” following the new launch of ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan. and calling on Pyongyang to “return to dialogue”.
The US State Department has also condemned the missile tests, stating that the launches are a violation of UN Security Council resolutions and pose “a threat” to neighboring countries and the international community.