North Korea Test-fires Salvo of Short-range Missiles

Seoul: South Korea’s military says North Korea conducted a salvo test of eight short-range ballistic missiles on the sea from multiple locations on Sunday, with US and South Korean officials saying it has expanded a series of provocations at arms demonstrations this year with a nuclear test.Read also – South Korea, North Korea fired three missiles after US summit

Probably the only single-day record for North Korean ballistic launches has been set, according to the South Korean joint chief, where the missiles were flown continuously for 35 minutes, including the Sunan region near the capital, Pyongyang. The South Korean military did not immediately say how far the missiles flew but noted that the North had increased its oversight if it fired more missiles. Also Read – North Korea’s suspected COVID-19 caseload outbreak hits 2 million in a week

Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi has said the country’s military has detected at least six launches between the 300 and 400 kilometers (180 and 240 miles) ranging from North Korea’s inland and western and eastern coasts. He said the North was clearly practicing its ability to carry out a rapid sequence of launches from multiple locations and that no missiles fell into Japan’s exclusive economic zone. Read also – Kim Jong Un explodes epidemic as North Korea’s COVID outbreak escalates

The launches came a day after US aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan concluded a three-day naval exercise with South Korea, their first joint drill involving a carrier since November 2017, as countries move forward to renew their defense exercises. The face of growing North Korean threats.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yol’s office said his national security adviser Kim Sung-hun will convene a national security council meeting to discuss the launch. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called for maximum efforts to gather information about the launch and to ensure the safety of aircraft and ships, although there were no immediate reports of damage.

The US Indo-Pacific Command said it was aware of North Korea’s multiple ballistic missile launches but concluded that the incident “would not pose an immediate threat to US personnel or the region or to our allies.”

The launches are North Korea’s 18th round of missile tests in 2022 – which includes the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missile in nearly five years – and continue to use a favorable environment to advance weapons development with the UN Security Council. The Russian war over Ukraine was divided.

Experts say North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un’s nonsense aims to force the United States to accept the North’s idea of ​​nuclear power and negotiate economic and security concessions from the position of power.

South Korea and US officials say there are signs that North Korea will also continue preparations at its nuclear test ground in the northeastern town of Pungyee-ri. The North’s next nuclear test is its seventh since 2006 and its first since September 2017, claiming it has detonated a thermonuclear bomb to fit into its ICBMs.

On Friday, Sung Kim, special envoy to US President Joe Biden of North Korea, held a bilateral meeting with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts in Seoul, saying Washington was “preparing for all contingencies” in close coordination with its Asian allies. Nuclear crisis with North Korea.

The United States has pledged to press for additional international sanctions if North Korea conducts a new nuclear test, but the prospects for the UN Security Council’s next steps are blurred.

Russia and China veto a US-sponsored resolution to impose additional sanctions on North Korea over its latest ballistic tests on May 25, which featured the ICBM and two low-range weapons in the mid-range trajectory, the South Korean military said. Those tests came when Biden ended his trip to South Korea and Japan, where he reaffirmed the US commitment to defend both allies in the face of a nuclear threat.

In March, North Korea launched the ICBM almost directly at full-range capability and saw it fly longer and longer than any weapon tested so far, demonstrating its ability to reach the entire US mainland.

Kim’s ICBMs have received much international attention, but over the past three years they have expanded their arsenal of low-range solid-fuel missiles that threaten South Korea and Japan. Experts say they have paused their tests with repeated comments that the North prefers nuclear weapons when threatened or provoked, pointing to an escalating nuclear doctrine that is of great concern to its neighbors.

Nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled since 2019 over differences in exchange for the release of fragile US-led sanctions against North Korea and the North’s disarmament measures.

Experts say that despite deep economic problems, Kim has shown no willingness to completely surrender the arsenal he sees as the strongest hope of his survival and is clearly seeking to turn the talks of passive nuclear disarmament into mutual arms reduction talks with the United States.

Kim’s stress campaign comes as the country is dealing with a deadly COVID-19 outbreak across their largely vaccinated autocracy that does not have public health equipment.

GAVI, the nonprofit that runs the UN-backed COVAX distribution program, said Friday that it understood North Korea had accepted a vaccine offer from China and began delivering doses. The answer is not immediately clear how many vaccines have been received or how the country is bringing them out.

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