North Korea shot this Friday a intercontinental ballistic missile, according to the South Korean military, the second launch in two days. The projectile would have fallen into the waters of the Japanese exclusive economic zone. For his part, South Korea Y USAThey responded this Friday with guided bombs and maneuvers over the East Sea.
The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff announced that it had detected a suspected ballistic missile (ICBM) long-range around mid-morning, fired from the North Korean Sunan area in the capital, Pyongyangtowards the Sea of Japan. The missile traveled a distance of about 1,000 kilometers at a maximum altitude of 6,100 kilometers, according to the South Korean military, which described the launch as a threatens peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.
Speaking to the press in Bangkok, where he is participating in a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC), the Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishidaassured that the missile would have fallen in waters of the exclusive economic zone of his country, near the northern region of Hokkaido.
According to the Japanese Defense Minister, Yasukazu Hamada, the projectile had the capacity to reach United States territory. “Based on calculations that consider the trajectory, the ballistic missile this time could have had a range of fifteen thousand kilometers, depending on the weight of the warhead, and if so, could reach the United StatesHamad said.
Russia accused the United States
for his part Russiawhile remaining committed to a diplomatic solution for the Korean peninsula, accused the United States of testing North Korea’s patience. “The United States and its allies in the region prefer a different path, as if they were testing Pyongyang’s patience,” Russia’s deputy foreign minister said in Moscow. Sergei Riabkov.
The shot came a day after North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile and its Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui warned of fiercer military actions if the United States strengthens its presence in the Korean Peninsula region. Washington is seeking to boost regional security cooperation with military exercises in response to North Korea, which views such exercises as evidence of US aggression.
The American President, Joe Bidendiscussed actions to control North Korean arms with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, and the Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, in the midst of fears that Pyongyang will carry out a nuclear test. North Korea was a central issue in the meeting between Xi and Kishida on Thursday on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok.
Experts pointed out that the launch of the ICBM, one of North Korea’s most powerful weapons, is a clear indication that the leader Kim Jong Un is upset by these discussions. “It is now estimated that it was an ICBM. If that is the case, it is a clear message to the United States and Japan,” said Han Kwon-hee, manager of the Missile Strategy Forum.
Response from South Korea and the US
The The South Korean and US armies responded this Friday to the intercontinental ballistic missile launched by North Korea firing guided bombs on a test basis, in addition to carrying out other combined aerial maneuvers over the East Sea (name given to the Sea of Japan in the two Koreas).
South Korean fifth-generation F-35A fighter jets launched laser guided bombs GBU-12 on targets posing as North Korean mobile erection platforms (TELs) while four other South Korean F-35As and four US F-16s conducted combat formation flights over the sea of japanreported the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) it’s a statement.
These are two operations that simulate preventive attacks and even punitive operations against North Korean interests, in what is a harsh message for Pyongyang. “The allies demonstrated their firm will to respond resolutely to any threat and provocationincluding a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and its overwhelming ability and willingness to strike the enemy with precision,” the JCS added.
Sentences to the shots
US Vice President Kamala Harrisand leaders of Japan, Canada, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia condemned the launch of the North Korean missile, warning Pyongyang that it will meet with “a strong and determined response from the international community”.
Following the emergency meeting called by Harris on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bangkok, the White House issued a statement stating that the participants in the meeting agreed that the launch of the missile “is a blatant violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions“.
For this reason, they asked the countries UN members to implement resolutions to respond to this violation while they reaffirmed that the path of dialogue is open for the Democratic Republic of North Korea, which they asked to abandon unnecessary provocation and return to serious and sustained diplomacy.
The vice president, who represents the United States in APEC, met on the sidelines of the summit with the Prime Ministers of Japan, Fumio Kishida; Australia, Anthony Albanese; New Zealand, jacinda ardern; Canada, Justin Trudeau; and South Korea, Han Duck-soo. “Today’s launch of this long-range missile marks a reckless threat to our security, destabilizes our region and, in particular, it is causing trauma to the people of Japan and the people of the Republic of Korea, Albanese said at a news conference in Bangkok after the meeting.
For her part, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, who also participated in the meeting, expressed in Bangkok that her country unites to strongly condemn North Korea’s actions. “I especially want to recognize the anxiety, the deep concern, the threat to security, that this escalation, this increasing use of missiles represents for Japan and South Korea,” added the president of New Zealand, a country that has advocated for decades for the end the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
For his part, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida described the launch of the missile as “totally unacceptable” and He called for a unity of action from the international community for the complete denuclearization of North Korea.
Record in launches
Weeks ago, North Korea carried out a wave of launches, including an ICBM that Seoul said would have failed. It also fired a short-range ballistic missile that crossed the de facto maritime border between the two countries, near South Korean territorial waters. The President of South Korea, Yoon Suk-yeolqualified it as a “de facto territorial invasion”.
Both releases were part of the torrent of shots on November 2, with 23 missiles, more than in all of 2017. Experts say the North is seizing the opportunity to test banned missiles because it hopes to avoid new UN sanctions given the deadlock in the world body over Russia’s war in Ukraine.
China, North Korea’s main diplomatic ally, joined in May Russia for veto a US attempt to tighten sanctions against North Korea in the UN Security Council.