After North Korea fired a suspected ICBM on Friday, Russian news agencies quoted the deputy foreign minister of Russia as saying that Russia is "concerned" about the situation on the Korean peninsula and has urged the parties involved to avoid hostilities.
Pyongyang: After North Korea fired a suspected ICBM on Friday, Russian news agencies quoted the deputy foreign minister of Russia as saying that Russia is “concerned” about the situation on the Korean peninsula and has urged the parties involved to avoid hostilities.
The missile, according to Japanese officials, landed just 200 kilometres (130 miles) off the coast of Japan and had enough range to reach the United States’ mainland.
Prime Minister Kishida of Japan told reporters on Friday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, that North Korea is continuing to carry out provocative actions at a frequency never seen before.
According to him, the Japanese government will continue to gather and examine information and promptly update the public. “So far, there have been no reports of damage to vessels at sea,” Kishida added.
On Friday, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol also ordered the “active execution” of strengthened extended deterrence measures against North Korea.
The president said Seoul will strengthen its alliance with Washington and bolster its defence posture and cooperation over security with the US and Japan.
Testing missile range
Friday’s missile was nearly 100 kilometres less in altitude and distance in comparison to Pyongyang’s missile test that occurred on March 24, which has been recorded as having the highest altitude and longest duration of any tested North Korean missile, as per a report by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) at that time. That missile reached an altitude of 6,248.5 kilometres (3,905 miles) and flew a distance of 1,090 kilometres (681 miles), KCNA reported.