This is Pyongyang’s fourth missile test since Sunday.
Earlier on Thursday US Vice President Kamala Harris, who visited South Korea, said North Korea was destabilizing the region by conducting missile tests. She also said that the United States would like peace on the Korean Peninsula, and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) posed no more threat.
According to South Korean intelligence, North Korea intends to conduct its first nuclear test from 2017 between October 16 and November 7.
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The North Korean military launched two short-range ballistic missiles from the Pyongyang capital towards the eastern sea of the country on Wednesday. the armed forces of South Korea. Earlier, one missile was reported.
Also on Sunday, North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile towards the Sea of Japan. In a speech earlier Wednesday aboard the destroyer USS Howard off the coast of the Japanese city of Yokosuka, Harris said Sunday’s missile test was part of “an illegal weapons program that threatens regional stability and violates many UN Security Council resolutions.”
Joint US and South Korean exercises
The US and South Korean navies are currently conducting exercises off the eastern coast of the Korean Peninsula. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is involved in the four-day maneuver, which began on Monday. This is the first Allied exercise with the participation of an American aircraft carrier near the Korean Peninsula since 2017, the Associated Press reported.
Since 2006, North Korea has been under UN sanctions to cut off funding for the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile development programs. Pyongyang rejects UN resolutions, considering them a violation of the sovereign right to self-defense and space exploration. North Korea also criticized the joint military maneuvers of the United States and South Korea as evidence of hostile intentions by these countries.
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