North Korea Updates: Here Is The Latest World News Update Today About: Another alleged ballistic missile is launched into the ocean by North Korea.
South Korean military sources have said that North Korea conducted its first known test since June by launching a rumoured ballistic missile off its east coast.
The news broke shortly after a US aircraft carrier touched down in South Korea to take part in joint exercises and before Vice President Kamala Harris was scheduled to travel there. The launch was deemed a “act of severe provocation” by Seoul.
NUCLEAR AND BALLISTIC MISSILE TESTS ARE OUTLAWED BY THE UN IN NORTH KOREA:
The military of South Korea reported that it had discovered a short-range missile launched at shortly before 07:00 local time (23:00 GMT) near Taechon, more than 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Pyongyang. At a height of 60 km, it claimed to have travelled about 600 kilometres.
“Our military maintains a full readiness posture and is closely collaborating with the US while boosting surveillance and vigilance,” it said in a statement.
The Japanese coast guard acknowledged the launch and urged ships to “be careful.”
The missile, which fell in waters off North Korea’s eastern coast and outside of Japan’s exclusive economic zone, reached a maximum altitude of around 50 km, according to Tokyo’s defence minister Yasukazu Hamada.
Soo Kim, an analyst at the Rand Corporation, told AFP that “it’s North Korea’s method of expressing defiance of the [US] partnership.”
In order to participate in joint drills off the east coast of South Korea, the nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan berthed in the southern port city of Busan on Friday.
The South Korean navy claims that the exercises are being conducted for “the sake of peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.”
In the following days, Ms. Harris will go to South Korea as part of a regional journey that also includes attending the funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
PYONGYANG’S RECENT LAUNCHES OF BALLISTIC MISSILES HAVE HEIGHTENED TENSIONS ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA:
Yoon Suk-yeol, the president of South Korea since May, has promised a harder approach against North Korea and suggested deeper cooperation with the US.
With its leader Kim Jong-un ruling out the possibility of talks on denuclearization, North Korea earlier this month approved a legislation declaring itself to be a nuclear weapons state. Between 2006 and 2017, Pyongyang conducted six nuclear tests despite international sanctions.
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