North Korea fires short-range ballistic missile, South Korea says By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: North Korean chief Kim Jong Un attends the seventh expanded plenary assembly of the eighth Central Committee of the Employees’ Get together of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang, North Korea March 1, 2023 on this photograph launched by the Korean North Korea’s Central Information Age

By Hyunsu Yim

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile at sea off the east coast of the Korean peninsula on Sunday, the South Korean navy stated, the newest in a sequence of exams weapons of the nuclear-weapon state.

The missile, which was launched from the Dongchang-ri website on the west coast at round 11:05 a.m. (0205 GMT), traveled some 800 km (500 miles) earlier than hitting a goal, in response to a South Korean navy assertion.

South Korea has condemned the sequence of latest ballistic missile launches by the North as a “clear violation” of a UN Safety Council decision. The launches additionally drew criticism from Japan and the USA.

“North Korea’s conduct threatens worldwide peace and safety and is unacceptable,” Japan’s Protection Minister Toshiro Ino instructed a press convention, including that Japan had strongly protested. by way of the North Korean Embassy in Beijing.

In a press release, the US Indo-Pacific Command stated Sunday’s missile launch posed no speedy risk to US personnel or its allies. However the latest missile launches spotlight the destabilizing affect of the nation’s unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile packages, he added.

The North fired a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) into the ocean between the Korean peninsula and Japan on Thursday, hours earlier than the South Korean president was as a result of journey to Tokyo for a summit that mentioned methods to counter the North .

Pyongyang stated Thursday’s launch of its ICBM was a warning in opposition to ongoing navy workout routines between the USA and South Korea, state media KCNA reported.

South Korean and U.S. forces early final week launched joint 11-day navy drills dubbed “Freedom Protect 23” that occurred on a scale not seen since 2017 to counter rising threats from the North.