North Korea An unidentified short-range missile fired into the sea early Tuesday, just moments before Pyongyang called for the US to end military activity around the Korean peninsula.
The South Korean military said the launch took place at around 6:40 a.m. local time, adding that it was analyzing flight data to determine what type of weapon it might have been. Yonhap News later said that the Japanese government said the missile appears to be a ballistic weapon, which would violate UN resolutions prohibiting North Korea from developing or testing such equipment.
The launch came just before a North Korean envoy spoke before the United Nations and urged the United States to end its “hostile efforts” towards Pyongyang.
“No one can deny the righteous right to self-defense” [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] To develop, test, manufacture and maintain weapon systems that they have or are being developed by them,” the ambassador, Kim Song, said in an address, according to Reuters. “We are building up our national defense to defend ourselves and to reliably protect the country’s security and peace.”
Talks between the US and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have slowed since 2019 after talks with then-President Donald Trump failed. However, North Korea has indicated in recent months that it would be open to talks with other countries. Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong recently called Pyongyang Considering meeting with South Korea To announce the official end of the Korean War, although he cautioned that there was work to be done before the two countries came to the table.
The Washington Post noted that North Korea so far turned down any attempts A call by the Biden administration to restart talks between the nations until the US releases full sanctions relief and joint military exercises with Seoul.
South Korea’s Blue House said shortly after Tuesday’s launch that it regretted that the missile was fired “during a time when it is necessary to stabilize the situation on the Korean peninsula,” NK News informed of.
North Korea has conducted several weapons tests in recent weeks. The communist country said it tested new long-range cruise missiles on September 11 and 12, and then fired two short-range ballistic missiles A few days later, on 15 September.