The most recent release of North Korea was a big new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), state media reported Friday, a test leader, Kim Jong Un, said it was designed to demonstrate the power of its nuclear force and deter any military move from United States.
Thursday’s launch was the first full ICBM test by nuclear-armed North Korea since 2017.
Flight data indicated that the missile flew higher and longer than any of North Korea’s previous tests before crashing into the sea west of Japan.
What North Korea calls the Hwasong-17 it would be the largest liquid-fueled missile ever launched by any country from a road-based mobile launcher, analysts say.
Its range and size suggest North Korea plans to tip it with multiple warheads that could hit multiple targets or with decoys to confuse missile defenses, they say.
The leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized countries and the European Union they condemned the North Korean test as a “reckless” threat to peace and security and a danger to international civil aviation and maritime navigation. They said it required a united response.
North Korea’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile launches in 2017 prompted UN Security Council sanctions. UN, but the council members disagree about the war of Ukraine, which makes that answer difficult.
The Security Council will meet to discuss the launch later on Friday at the request of the United States and its allies.
On Thursday, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged North Korea “to desist from taking any other counterproductive action.”
Russia’s RIA news agency quoted the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying that Russia The US and China agreed to coordinate closely on the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
“Concern was expressed over the latest developments in the subregion” at a meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov and the representative of China for the Korean peninsula, he said, adding that they stressed the need to intensify efforts for fair policy and diplomacy. solutions for the problems of Northeast Asia.
North Korean state media said Kim ordered the test due to “daily escalating military tension on and around the Korean peninsula” and the “inevitability of long-standing confrontation with US imperialists accompanied by the danger of a nuclear war.”
“The strategic forces… are fully ready to fully stop and contain any dangerous military attempts by the US imperialists,” Kim said while overseeing the launch.
North Korea’s return to testing weapons that experts believe are capable of attacking the United States is an additional unwelcome challenge to the president. Joe Biden while responding to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
It comes after the election of a new conservative South Korean administration that has promised a stronger military strategy toward North Korea.
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol said North Korea had nothing to gain from the provocation.
In a call with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, after the launch, Yoon called for close coordination on the complete denuclearization of North Korea, his office said.
Xi said Beijing and Seoul should enhance political mutual trust, Chinese state media said.
China, North Korea’s only major ally and neighbor, urged restraint from “all parties” after the test.
South Korea conducted an exercise with F-35 fighter jets on Friday.
Kim said the test would help convince the world of the power of his strategic forces.
“All forces must be made aware of the fact that they will have to pay a very high price before they dare to attempt to breach the security of our country,” he said.
A spokesman for the White House, Asked about Kim’s comments, he said he had nothing to add to his earlier condemnation of the launch.
North Korea ‘shocking demonstration’
The US State Department announced sanctions on Thursday against two Russian companies, one Russian and one North Korean, and the Foreign Office of the Second Academy of Natural Sciences of North Korea for transferring sensitive items to North Korea’s missile program.
North Korean state media showed a massive missile, painted black with a white nose, rising on a plume of flames from a launch vehicle.
He said the Hwasong-17 flew for 1,090 km (680 miles) at an altitude of 6,248.5 km (3,905 miles) and hit a target in the sea, numbers similar to those reported by Japan and South Korea.
NK Pro, a Seoul-based website that monitors North Korea, said discrepancies in images and video released by state media suggested it may have been filmed on different dates, raising the possibility that North Korea del Norte was withholding details.
North Korea never acknowledged what South Korea said was a failed launch from the same airport last week, and on Thursday, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted unnamed officials as saying they were examining whether the latest test it may have been a smaller Hwasong-15 ICBM, which was tested in November 2017.
officials in seoul and Washington They previously said the February 27 and March 5 launches involved parts of the Hwasong-17 ICBM system, likely in preparation for a full test.
KCNA called Thursday’s test a “striking display of great military force.”
Kim, who was shown on video at the launch site by the state broadcaster dressed in a leather jacket and sunglasses, called it a “miraculous” and “invaluable” victory for the Korean people.
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