North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s portrait on screen at Seoul train station after the launch of the Intercontinental Anti-Continental Missile (ICPM) on March 24, 2022 (AFP / Anthony WALLACE)
North Korea on Thursday launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) into Japan’s exclusive economic zone, breaking a barrier that had been in place since 2017 and receiving strong UN condemnation.
On Friday morning, the North Korean government agency KCNA confirmed that the firing of the “new type” ICBM, dubbed the Hwasong-17, was personally ordered by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and that he had hit his target accurately. Sea of Japan
In an earlier statement, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that the missile launched by Pyongyang was an ICPM.
He lamented that it was “a break from the intercontinental ballistic missile launches promised by President Kim Jong Un to the international community.”
The South Korean military said it had retaliated by launching “ground, sea and air” missiles off its coast.
On Thursday, the UN condemned the shooting “strongly” and called on Pyongyang to suspend any action that could be considered a “reaction” to the “tensions” in Asia.
Photo by South Korean President Moon Jae-in (c) Blue House before presiding over an emergency meeting of the National Security Council in Seoul on March 24, 2022 (The Blue House / Guide)
Ambassadors told the AFP that the Security Council would also meet on Friday at the request of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Albania, Ireland and Norway in the face of this “vague” firing by North Korea.
“If a long-range missile is launched, there is a risk of escalating tensions in the region,” said Stephen Dujarric, a spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Secretary-General DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) urges no further action. ”
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has denounced it as “a slanderous act”. The North Korean regime “threatens the peace and security of Japan, the region and the international community,” he said from Brussels, which attended the G7 summit.
Mr. A White House official said Kishida and US President Joe Biden were able to discuss the new crisis on the sidelines of the G7.
The White House condemned the new shooting “strongly” and promised that “the United States will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the United States, South Korea and Japan.”
White House spokesman Jen Saki said the new shooting was a “continuing priority for North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction.”
According to the Tokyo Foreign Ministry, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen “strongly condemned” the shooting during a telephone conversation on Thursday evening.
UN resolutions bar North Korea from testing ballistic missiles, which have been hit by tough international sanctions on its nuclear and weapons programs.
This did not stop Pyongyang from conducting a dozen tests of this type of weapon since the beginning of this year.
Although Washington and Seoul suspect that the North Korean regime tested some ICBM systems during these missiles, they are not intercontinental ballistic missiles until now.
Pyongyang launched three ICBM launches in 2017. The device, then tested, the Hwasong-15, was able to reach the United States.
North Korean Missile Shooter (AFP /)
“The ballistic missile flew for 71 minutes and landed in a special economic zone off the coast of Japan at 3:44 pm (0644 GMT) on the northern island of Hokkaido, 150 km west of the Oshima Peninsula,” he said. Japanese Ministry of Defense number two, Makoto Oniki.
“Today’s missile is believed to be a new ICBM, as this time the ballistic missile flew 6,000 km higher than the Hwasong-15 ICBM launched in November 2017,” he added.
– Failed last week –
According to Seoul, North Korea’s missile test ended in failure on March 16, when a missile exploded in the sky over Pyongyang shortly after launch from the Sunan airport north of the capital. The rulers have remained silent on the matter.
Pyongyang “led to today’s release to make up for this failure,” Ko Myong-hyun, a researcher at the Asan Institute of Policy Studies, told AFP.
Analysts expect Pyongyang, which celebrates Kim Jong Un’s grandfather Kim Il Sung’s 110th birthday on April 15, to show the power that marks the most important event in the North Korean political calendar.
Kim Jong Un said last year that improving the country’s military capability was a regime priority.
North Korea Missile Arsenal Data (AFP /)
Priority Priorities: Creating an ICBM capable of carrying multiple conventional or nuclear weapons, each following an independent path, is difficult to intercept by anti-missile systems.
This missile, the Hwasong-17, is called the “Monster Missile” by military analysts. This was shown during a rally in Pyongyang in October 2020.
“Kim may think this is the right time to create ICBMs, and to emphasize to the world that the North is a nuclear-armed country, unlike Ukraine,” he told Reuters. AFP Ahn Chan-il, North Korean expert.
Outgoing head of state Moon Jae-in has vowed to accept the tough one, as he hands over his chair in May to conservative Eun-suk-yol, who was elected earlier this month as South Korea enters a period of presidential change. The line facing the provocations coming from the north.
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