North Korea (North) He shot another one this Sunday missile short-range ballistic missiles off its coasts, where United States and South Korea (CdS) They are conducting military “exercises.” This is a new sign of rejection of actions in the vicinity of territorial waters.
With this launch, it is the fourth show of force in a week that North Korea. The actions take place within the framework of the crossings between the three countries, given the series of military maneuvers that they regularly carry out United States and South Korea.
New demonstration of North Korea’s rejection of the US
North Korea, which has declared an affront with both countries, perceives these “rehearsals and exercises” maneuvers off its coasts as preparations for an invasion, for which it has warned of an “overwhelming” response.
Meanwhile, The United States and CdS are in the midst of the largest joint military test of the last five years, an 11-day exercise called “Liberty Shield”.
The launch of the missile occurred one day after the official North Korean press reported that more than 800,000 young people they volunteered for the Army to fight “US imperialists.”
Last Thursday, CdN tested its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) larger and more powerful, the Hwasong-17. North Korea’s KCNA news agency called the launch of the Hwasong-17 a response to “frantic” exercises by the United States and South Korea.
Tension: is the Third World War coming?
It is the second time so far this year that North Korea launches an ICBM. This Sunday, the South Korean Army said it detected the firing of a short-range ballistic missile from North Korea towards the Sea of Japan, a country that also confirmed the launch.
The missile traveled 800 kilometers and is being analyzed by US and South Korean intelligence.the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
“Our military maintains a fully-ready posture based on its ability to overwhelmingly respond to any provocation from North Korea, while conducting joint exercises and maneuvers,” it added.
Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada told reporters his country “vehemently protested and strongly condemned” North Korea, using its embassy in China.
The US Indo-Pacific Military Command condemned the launch, noting the “destabilizing impact” of the Korean war program.
The South Korean Defense Ministry stated a few hours after the launch that at least one US BP-1BP long-range bomber took part in the joint exercises with the United States.
UN Security Council meets this Monday
The UN Security Council is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting on Monday on the launch of the ballistic missile, at the request of United States and Japanreported the South Korean news agency Yonhap.
For its part, the North Korean KCNA reported this Sunday that the Foreign Ministry “strongly” warned United States and other countries than in the discussion in the UN Security Council “legitimate self-defense countermeasures” for North Korea should be included.
KCNA said yesterday that the joint exercises are “approaching an unforgivable red line.” North Korea has technically been at war with the United States and South Korea since the Korean War (1950-1953) ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty.
The latest wave of launches from Pyongyang have prompted South Korea and Japan to iron out their historic disputes and try to boost security cooperation.
The South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeoltraveled to Japan this week to meet with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, seeking to strengthen their relations in the face of growing bellicosity from North Korea.
North Korea declared itself an “irreversible” nuclear power last year, and its leader Kim Jong-un recently called for an “exponential” increase in weapons production, including tactical nuclear weapons.
Kim also ordered the North Korean military to step up its preparation for a “real war.”