North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile that fell off Japan | North Korea
Pyongyang promises a “fierce” military response if Washington intervenes and Seoul.
North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Friday that fell off the coast of Japan, the latest in a record slew of projectile launches in recent weeks as Seoul, Tokyo and Washington battled. x27;are expecting an imminent nuclear test from Pyongyang.
The South Korean General Staff detected a suspected long-range ballistic missile launched around 10:15 a.m. [local time] from the Sunan area in Pyongyang towards the East Sea, he said, referring to the Korean name for the Sea of Japan.
Tokyo said the missile traveled about 1,000 km and that Japanese forces did not attempt to destroy it in flight. Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said the projectile had reached a maximum altitude of 6,000 km, and concluded that it was an ICBM-class ballistic missile, although further details are being analyzed.
The ballistic missile launched by North Korea appears to have fallen into our exclusive economic zone off Hokkaido, the large island in the north of the Japanese archipelago, said Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
This is not the first time that a North Korean projectile has ended up in Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), i.e. the maritime space that extends up to 200 nautical miles (370 km) beyond the coasts of a State, between territorial waters and international waters.
North Korea is repeating acts of provocation with unprecedented frequency. We strongly reiterate that this is absolutely unacceptable, but this shot had apparently failed, according to Seoul and Tokyo. The country broke a self-imposed 2017 moratorium on launches of this type of long-range missile last March.
North Korea had already fired a short-range ballistic missile on Thursday, hours after a warning from its foreign minister who promised a fierce response to the strengthening of the security alliance between Seoul, Tokyo and Washington .
US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping spoke for three hours at the G20 summit. Among other things, they discussed North Korea. (Archives)
The United States, South Korea and Japan have intensified their joint military maneuvers in recent months in the face of threats from North Korea, which sees in these exercises dress rehearsals to an invasion of its territory or an overthrow of the Kim Jong-un regime.
During a meeting Tuesday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali, US President Joe Biden tried to convince his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to intercede with North Korea so that it puts end the escalation and renounce to carry out a nuclear test, as Washington and Seoul attribute to him the intention.
Mr. Biden, his South Korean counterpart Yoon Suk-yeol and Mr. Kishida also promised a strong and firm response on Sunday if Pyongyang carries out this test, which would be the first since 2017 and the seventh in its history.
North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui countered that the strengthening of the military alliance between Seoul, Tokyo and Washington is pushing the situation on the Korean peninsula into an unpredictable phase.
The harder Washington tries to strengthen this alliance, the fiercer the DPRK's military response will be, Choe said, using the acronym People's Democratic Republic of Korea, the official name of North Korea.
North Korea carried out an unprecedented flurry of projectile launches in early November, including a missile that fell near South Korean territorial waters for the first time since the end of the Korean War. in 1953. President Yoon denounced a de facto territorial invasion.
November 2 alone saw 23 North Korean missile launches, more than all of 2017, when leader Kim Jong-un and then-US President Donald Trump traded threats of nuclear war.
In September and October, Pyongyang had already carried out a copious series of fires, including that of a medium-range ballistic missile which had flown over Japan for the first time in five years.
Pyongyang justified its show of force in November by the aggressive and provocative attitude of Seoul and Washington, which at the same time carried out the largest aerial maneuvers ever carried out until between them, including stealth aircraft and strategic bombers.
Analysts believe that North Korea, which under UN resolutions does not have the right to launch ballistic missiles, is is emboldened by the likelihood of escaping any further UN sanctions due to divisions in the Security Council where China and Russia are blocking any US attempts to do so.