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US condemns North Korea’s launch of intercontinental ballistic missile

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Ned Price, the spokeswoman for the US State Department, said in a statement that the launch “is a clear violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions and demonstrates the threat the DPRK’s unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes pose to its neighbours, the region, international peace and security, and the global non-proliferation regime.” 

Price argued that this move highlights the importance of putting into effect the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, which North Korea is prohibited from receiving in order to conduct missile launches.

“We urge the DPRK to avoid any provocations and start a serious, ongoing discussion with the international community. Our dedication to the defence of Japan and the Republic of Korea is unwavering “he added.

This declaration comes after the Yonhap news agency reported that North Korea fired an ICBM and two short-range missiles toward the East Sea.

According to South Korea’s military, the ICBM was fired at roughly 7:40 a.m. from Pyongyang’s Sunan district. According to the report, this most recent launch was the nation’s ninth ICBM launch of 2022.

However, a defence source from South Korea told Yonhap that the missile on Thursday seemed to have failed in normal flight.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of South Korea announced in a statement that “our military has strengthened surveillance and vigilance while maintaining the readiness posture in close collaboration with the US.”

An unidentified ballistic missile was reportedly launched by Pyongyang at the Sea of Japan earlier. According to media sources, the missile is thought to be an intermediate- or long-range weapon.

The continued missile tests by North Korea, according to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, are wholly intolerable. “North Korea launched missiles once more today. The ongoing missile launches are very inappropriate and beyond excusable “said Kishida in a statement.

In coordination with the US, the ROK, and other pertinent nations, he continued, “Japan will continue to participate in essential actions in a timely and suitable manner.”

Initial reports claimed that the first of the missiles had flown over Japanese land, but subsequently Yasukazu Hamada, Japan’s defence minister, emphasised that the missile had not crossed its boundaries.

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