North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile toward its eastern waters on Thursday, hours after threatening to launch "fiercer" military retaliation in response to the US strengthening its security commitment to its partners, South Korea and Japan.
Pyongyang: North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile toward its eastern waters on Thursday, hours after threatening to launch “fiercer” military retaliation in response to the US strengthening its security commitment to its partners, South Korea and Japan.
The missile launched from the North’s eastern coastal Wonsan area at 10:48 am landed in the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. After getting the news of the launch, the militaries of South Korea, the US, and Japan condemned it, saying it was a threat to regional stability.
It was the most recent in North Korea’s string of tests in recent months, and it was North Korea’s first ballistic missile launch in eight days.
According to many experts, North Korea would eventually want to improve its nuclear capability in order to extract greater concessions from its adversaries.
North Korea’s foreign minister, Choe Son Hui, issued a dire warning about the recent US-South Korea-Japan summit, claiming that the agreement would make tensions on the Korean Peninsula “more unpredictable.”
Choe’s announcement was the first formal response from North Korea to US President Joe Biden’s trilateral meeting with his counterparts from South Korea and Japan on the margins of a regional conference on Sunday in Cambodia. The three leaders agreed to cooperate to increase deterrence and harshly denounced North Korea’s most recent missile tests in their joint statement. Biden stressed that the US will protect South Korea and Japan using all its resources, including its nuclear arsenal.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea reported that the North Korean missile launched on Thursday travelled 240 kilometres at a maximum altitude of 47 kilometers. The launch was described as “a grave provocation” that jeopardised the stability and peace of the Korean Peninsula.
As its next significant move toward enhancing its military capabilities against the United States and its allies, North Korea has raised concerns that it may conduct its first nuclear test in five years.