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North Korea fires two more missiles; blames Seoul and Washington | North Korea

This shot took place two days after a similar projectile was launched over Japan (archives) .

North Korea launched two new ballistic missiles on Thursday and called the weapons tests “just retaliation” against Washington and Seoul for their military exercises in the region.

The new firings came as the UN Security Council met in New York to discuss the launch of another North Korean missile that had flown over Japan for two days earlier.

According to the South Korean military, two short-range missiles were launched Thursday morning from around Pyongyang towards the Sea of ​​Japan. The Japanese coastguard confirmed having detected these projectiles.

This sixth launch in less than two weeks is absolutely unacceptable, immediately reacted Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

This photo shows a Patriot ground-based missile interceptor system (PAC 3), from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, installed next to the Ministry of Defense in Tokyo on October 5, 2022.

On Tuesday, a Hwasong-12-type missile flew over Japan and traveled about 4600 km, possibly the longest distance Pyongyang has ever reached during its tests, according to Seoul and Washington.

< p class="e-p">It was the first time in five years that a North Korean projectile passed over Japanese territory.

North Korea, which adopted in September a new doctrine making its status as a nuclear power irreversible, stepped up its firing this year and launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time since 2017.

The firings are the Korean People's Army's just retaliation against the joint military maneuvers between South Korea and the United States, which are causing an escalation of military tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the North Ministry said Thursday. -Korean in a statement.

Following Tuesday's launch, Washington had called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council. But China, an ally and economic partner of North Korea, also blamed the United States for it.

Pyongyang's missile tests are closely linked to US-South Korean military exercises, Chinese Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Geng Shuang told the Security Council.

He accused Washington of poisoning the regional security environment.

Seoul, Tokyo and Washington have increased joint military maneuvers in recent weeks, including exercises anti-submarine warfare and large-scale naval maneuvers.

On Wednesday, South Korea and the United States had fired five ballistic missiles – one of which crashed after launch – at fictional targets in the Sea of ​​Japan. And the day before, the aviations of the two countries had carried out firing exercises in the Yellow Sea.

Seoul also announced the return to the region of the American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, who conducted exercises with the South Korean Navy in September.

The Security Council meeting was supported by France, the United Kingdom, Albania, Norway and Ireland.

Ambassador American to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, denounced a clear effort by China and Russia intended to reward [North Korea] for its bad actions and called for a reinforcement of sanctions against Pyongyang .

In May, Beijing and Moscow vetoed a Security Council resolution to impose new sanctions on North Korea, after the body unanimously adopted heavy sanctions in 2017.

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Analysts say North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's regime is seizing the opportunity of the deadlock at the UN to push further its weapons testing further.

Seoul and Washington expect North Korea to resume its nuclear tests, interrupted since 2017, probably after the congress of the Chinese Communist Party, which will start on October 16.

At this point, for Kim, backtracking and stopping the provocations would seem counterproductive to his interests, not to mention the amount of resources wasted conducting these weapons tests, RAND Corporation analyst Soo Kim told AFP.

We are definitely in a cycle of provocation army, she said estimate.

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