Pyongyang; On Thursday North Korea significantly launched a long-range missile at around 07:40 local time (23:40 GMT), according to a statement from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile is simply North Korea’s 7th this year 2022 and comes amid concerns that it will soon test its nuclear weapons.
Militarily, Pyongyang’s multiple launches come as the United States and South Korea are magnificently staging their most valued joint air drills, which North Korea has strongly criticized as “aggressive and provocative”.
The showcase comes after South Korea and North Korea fired missiles in an escalation of tensions at their territorial borders.
Notably, the missile flew for about 760 Kilometers (472 miles) and reached a height of around 1,920 Kilometers but it appeared to have failed mid-flight, according to Yonhap News Agency citing sources.
Making attention, the military launches significantly led the Japanese government to issue an emergency alert on Thursday morning to residents in some of its Northern regions, telling them to stay indoors.
Japan simply said in a statement that the missile had flown over its territory, but Defence Minister-Yasukazu Hamada later stated that it did “not cross the Japanese archipelago, but disappeared over the Sea of Japan”.
Furthermore, the United States said that the launch magnificently demonstrated the threat North Korea’s missile program showcasing to neighbors and international security and peace.
“Our strong commitments to the defence of the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Japan remain ironclad,” a spokesman from the State Department said.
Additionally, South Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun-dong and the United States Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said that the launches were deplorable, and immoral during a phone call on Thursday, according to South Korea.
Finally, South Korea responded to the situation with warplanes firing three air-to-ground missiles which crossed over the disputed maritime borderline, hence firing a total of twenty-three (23) missiles on Wednesday, October 2, 2022.
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