North Korea Launches Suspected Ballistic Missile, Japan on High Alert

North Korea has resumed its series of missile tests with a long-range ballistic missile launch, raising concerns among neighboring nations and drawing condemnation for threatening international peace. 

The missile tests included a short-range projectile launched towards waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

South Korea’s military reported the launch of a long-range ballistic missile from the Pyongyang area, covering a distance of 1,000km before landing in the East Sea. 

Japan’s Ministry of Defense identified it as an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), capable of reaching any part of the United States.

The short-range missile, launched simultaneously, traveled approximately 570 km before falling into the ocean. 

Both launches occurred despite recent agreements between South Korea and the US to strengthen their nuclear deterrence capabilities in response to North Korea’s evolving threats.

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida condemned the launches as a violation of UN Security Council resolutions and a threat to regional peace and stability. 

South Korea labeled the actions as a “grave provocation.”

The missile tests mark North Korea’s continued military advancements under leader Kim Jong Un. 

This year has seen a record number of weapons tests, including the launch of a spy satellite, aligning with Kim’s plans to modernize the country’s military capabilities.

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US Warns of North Korea’s Fifth ICBM Test Impact

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North Korea has resumed its series of missile tests with a long-range ballistic missile launch, raising concerns among neighboring nations and drawing condemnation for threatening international peace.

The US military emphasized the destabilizing impact of North Korea’s weapons program, and White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan discussed the importance of sharing missile warning data with counterparts in South Korea and Japan.

While the launches violate UN Security Council resolutions, China, North Korea’s main ally, expressed firm support for Pyongyang. 

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi affirmed mutual support and trust between the two nations in the face of the international situation.

The latest ICBM test is the fifth this year and the first since July, featuring the Hwasong-18, North Korea’s first solid-fuel ICBM. 

The launch occurred shortly after the US and South Korea discussed nuclear deterrence in Washington, DC.

North Korea’s Ministry of Defence condemned plans for expanded joint military exercises by the US and South Korea, warning of preemptive and deadly counteractions. 

The missile tests coincided with the anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il, and reaffirmed North Korea’s commitment to its nuclear program.

Despite UNSC resolutions and sanctions, North Korea has declared itself an “irreversible” nuclear power, emphasizing its determination to maintain its nuclear capabilities for survival. 

Concerns also persist about increased military cooperation between North Korea and Russia, particularly in light of Kim’s meeting with President Vladimir Putin in September. 

There are fears that North Korea may be supporting Russia in its conflict in Ukraine in exchange for technological assistance for its modernization plans.

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