Friday, January 27, 2023

Seoul: North Korea fires ballistic missile from east coast

SEOUL ( Associated Press) – North Korea fired a ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Sunday, South Korean and Japanese officials said.

The chairman of South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the launch took place on Sunday morning, but gave no further details. The Japanese Prime Minister’s Office also confirmed the launch.

The Japan Coast Guard said it was informed by the Defense Ministry that the suspected North Korean missile landed in the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula, but did not say how close it was to the Japanese coast.

Japan’s NHK national television quoted unnamed government sources as saying that the missile fell outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

Sunday’s launch came three days after North Korea revealed it had tested a “high-thrust solid fuel engine” for a new strategic weapon that could give it a more mobile and harder-to-detect ICBM arsenal. will be allowed to keep Which can reach the continent. United States of america.

In recent months, North Korea has tested a barrage of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, including last month launching its longer-range, more advanced liquid-fueled Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile, designed to carry multiple warheads. is designed for.

Some experts warn that North Korea will eventually use an expanding arsenal to seek sanctions relief and other US concessions.

The exact location of North Korea’s nuclear strike capability remains secret because all of its ICBM tests in recent years have been conducted at an acute angle to avoid neighboring countries.

Some experts estimate that North Korea already has nuclear missiles capable of hitting the entire United States, given the number of years it has devoted to its nuclear program. But others say the country is still years away from acquiring such a weapon, adding that it has yet to publicly prove that it has the technology to shield the weapon for the harsh conditions of atmospheric re-entry. .

The United States and South Korea have expanded their regular military drills to further strengthen their joint defense capability against North Korea’s advancing nuclear programme. The North Korean government has already threatened to use nuclear weapons in potential conflicts with the United States and South Korea, and the US military has warned North Korea that the use of nuclear weapons “will end that regime”. “

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