Latest North Korea Missile Barrage Triggers Shelter Orders in Japan

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A day after launching an unprecedented missile barrage, North Korea on Thursday began firing three more, including a long-range missile, that ordered emergency shelters in three Japanese prefectures.

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Residents in Japan’s Miyagi, Yamagata and Niigata prefectures were immediately warned to seek shelter indoors. Television broadcasts were disrupted in some parts of the country due to the emergency alert.

Japan’s emergency broadcast system initially said the North Korean missile had flown over Japanese territory, but defense officials later retracted that claim. Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said officials lost track of the missile when it was flying over the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan.

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According to military officials quoted by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, the long-range missile flew about 760 km, but failed after the separation of the second stage.

According to a statement from the National Security Council, the United States “strongly condemned” the intercontinental ballistic missile launch and vowed to “take all necessary measures” to ensure the security of the American homeland, South Korea and Japan.

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The US State Department also condemned the launch as a “clear violation” of UN Security Council resolutions that ban any North Korean ballistic missile activity.

State Department spokesman Ned Price, using an acronym for North Korea’s official name, read a statement saying, “Together, with the international community, we will avoid further provocation from the DPRK and engage in sustained and genuine dialogue.” call upon.”

Later on Thursday, North Korea sent two more short-range missiles into the sea, South Korean and Japanese defense officials said.

North Korea has launched at least 27 missiles with more than 100 rounds of artillery since early Wednesday, as it continues to display its anger over US-South Korea military exercises.

This handout photo released by South Korea’s presidential office on November 2, 2022 via Yonhap News Agency shows South Korean President Yoon Suk-yol speaking at a meeting of the National Security Council on North Korea’s missile launch.

North Korea targeted three of Wednesday’s launches toward South Korea, triggering television alerts in the south and air strike sirens on an island off the coast.

In response, South Korea’s military said on Wednesday that its warplanes fired three missiles north of the actual maritime boundary to demonstrate South Korea’s “capacity and readiness to strike the enemy with precision”.

No country had sent missiles across the northern border line since the end of the 1950–53 Korean War; On Wednesday they both did within a few hours of each other.

North Korea has fired more than 50 ballistic missiles this year – a record – but none had been launched or warned of a public airstrike toward South Korean territory as of Wednesday.

The development further escalates tensions on the Korean peninsula, where both sides have increased displays of military might.

Earlier this week, North Korea threatened to take “powerful follow-up measures” if the United States and South Korea did not call off their ongoing military exercises.

North Korea says it sees the exercise as a preparation for aggression. It has long used them as opportunities to show off their military capabilities. The United States and South Korea say the exercise is defensive.

South Korean and US officials have warned for months that North Korea is in the final stages of preparing for its seventh nuclear test since 2006.

North Korea has a number of potential motivations for conducting weapons tests, including developing new capabilities, demonstrating deterrence and signaling resolve to its own people. Many analysts say the latest barrage has a performance component.

“North Korea may enjoy the international concern in the lead-up to its next nuclear detonation,” said Professor Leif-Erik Easley from Iwa University in Seoul, conceding that greater global attention will help to acknowledge North Korea as a nuclear weapon state. Will hurry.” by email.

“Meanwhile, its missile tests improve military capabilities and serve political purposes,” he said.


Source: www.voanews.com

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