North Korea launched a ballistic missile into the Sea of ​​Japan during a US exercise
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North Korea launched a ballistic missile into the Sea of ​​Japan during a US exercise

The missile launch a few days before US Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to South Korea.

New launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea today Sunday 25 September. In the past few hours, the Pyongyang regime has in fact launched a new unarmed rocket towards the Sea of ​​Japan that ended up in the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

The news was reported by both the South Korean and Japanese authorities. According to the experts of the two eastern countries, it would be a short-range ballistic missile that Pyongyang is experimenting with to evade the missile defenses of other neighboring countries by maneuvering during the flight and flying on a lower trajectory.

According to the South Korean army, the one launched today, just before 7 am local time, was a single short-range ballistic missile that departed from the Taechon area, a province north of Pyongyan, and which flew for about 600 km and a speed of Mach 5.

For South Korea the missile reached an altitude of about 60 km while the Japanese Defense Minister, Yasukazu Hamada, said that the maximum altitude was 50 km and may have flown on an irregular trajectory. Hamada said it has not fallen into Japan’s exclusive economic zone and there have been no reports of problems with shipping or air traffic.

The intercontinental missile capable of hitting the United States

After the launch, the South Korean National Security Council held an emergency meeting to discuss response measures and condemned the launch as a violation of UN Security Council resolutions and an unwarranted act of provocation. The same condemnation also came from Japan and the United States.

Chief of Staff Kim Seung-kyum and US Armed Forces Commander Paul LaCamera discussed the situation and reaffirmed their readiness to respond to any threats or provocations from North Korea.

After all, the launch took place a few days after the planned visit of the Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris to South Korea where it is expected on Thursday and while joint exercises with the United States are underway, which also have a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the Uss. Ronald Reagan.

The ballistic missile launch is only the latest in a series of missile launches by North Korea. The first was a long-range ICBM in May. This was followed by the launch of 8 short-range ballistic missiles in a single day in early June.

“If you include cruise missile launches, this is the nineteenth launch, an unprecedented pace. North Korea’s action poses a threat to the peace and security of our country, the region and the international community and doing this while the invasion of Ukraine is unfolding is unforgivable, “Hamada said, adding that the Japan filed a protest through the North Korean embassy in Beijing.