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

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North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile toward the sea off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula on Sunday, the South Korean military said.

The missile, which was launched from the Dongchang-ri base on North Korea’s west coast, flew about 800 km before hitting the target, according to a South Korean military statement.

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South Korea has condemned the North’s series of recent ballistic missile launches as a “clear violation” of a United Nations Security Council resolution. The releases also drew criticism from Japan and the United States.

“North Korea’s behavior threatens international peace and security and is unacceptable,” Japanese Defense Minister Toshiro Ino said, adding that Japan had strongly protested through the North Korean embassy in Beijing.

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In a statement, the US Indo-Pacific Command explained that Sunday’s missile launch did not pose an immediate threat to the country or its allies.

But recent launches highlight the destabilizing impact of the country’s illegal weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs, he added.

Last Thursday (16), the North Koreans fired an alleged intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) into the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan, hours before South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol flew to Tokyo to a summit that discussed ways to fight the country.

Pyongyang revealed that the launch was a warning against ongoing military exercises between the US and South Korea, according to state media KCNA.

South Korean and US forces began joint 11-day military exercises dubbed “Freedom Shield 23” early last week, held on a scale not seen since 2017 to counter growing threats from the North.

Source: CNN Brasil

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