North Korea fires three ballistic missiles into the Sea of ​​Japan as Biden tour ends

The US, South Korea and Japan condemn the new launch and show their concern


North Korea has fired three ballistic missiles into the waters of the Sea of ​​Japan, also known as the East Sea, on Wednesday in a new challenge that occurs just after the president of the United States, Joe Biden, has finished his tour of East Asia.

The South Korean Army has stated that, in what is the seventeenth launch so far this year, the North Korean country has launched three missiles: the first took place around 6:00 a.m. (local time), and the others two 45 minutes later.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol has called a meeting of the National Security Council to discuss the launches, which include an intercontinental missile and two other ballistic missiles, according to information from the Yonhap news agency.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has stated that the first missile has flown about 300 kilometers and reached a maximum altitude of 550 kilometers, while the second has crossed about 750 kilometers on an “irregular trajectory” and an altitude of about 50 kilometres. The third missile has not provided data, as reported by NHK News.

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Kishida has also stressed, as is usual when these launches occur, that these actions threaten peace and stability in the region and around the world, so Japan “cannot tolerate such provocations.”

For his part, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and the South Korean Foreign Minister, Park Jin, have condemned this Wednesday the new missile launch made by North Korea during the last day.

The parties, who have had a telephone conversation, have thus agreed to cooperate to bring to the United Nations Security Council a new resolution against Pyongyang for its “serious provocations”, which “will only lead to its isolation”, as indicated by the South Korean Foreign Ministry in a statement.

In addition, both have expressed their “concern” about the current situation in the region and have indicated that it “threatens peace and stability”, although Seoul and Washington have not clarified whether additional sanctions will be adopted in this regard.

Park and Blinken have stressed that it is “unfortunate” that the North Korean authorities are “allocating resources to their nuclear and ballistic program in the midst of a wave of coronavirus infections.”

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This same Wednesday, the American National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, has reaffirmed to his South Korean counterpart, Kim Sung Han, the “commitment” of the United States when it comes to defending South Korea against Pyongyang’s actions. .

He has also called North Korea’s actions “destabilizing” and has condemned the recent launches, a reaction to which Kim himself has joined.

Last Saturday, Biden and his South Korean counterpart, Yoon Suk Yeol, agreed to carry out large military exercises and if necessary deploy more US assets to deter North Korea from these launches.

“Our military maintains a fully prepared posture while closely cooperating with South Korea and the United States while strengthening surveillance,” the South Korean military said.

The resolutions adopted by the United Nations prevent the Kim Jong Un regime from carrying out this type of test and, on this occasion, the launches took place after the visit of the president of the United States, Joe Biden.

Several of North Korea’s missiles, including its largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and a hypersonic missile, were unveiled at the grand military parade marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Revolutionary Army.

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