Australian foreign minister condemns North Korea missile launch


The Australian government has accused the North Korean regime of launching ballistic missiles over Japanese territory for the first time in five years.

Taking to social media, Foreign Minister Penny Wong said Australia strongly condemned “the launch of ballistic missiles over Japanese territory”, calling it “a reckless and unacceptable threat to the security of neighboring countries and undermining national stability”. It’s another demonstration of action.” Indo-Pacific. ”

Also, official media statement “North Korea continues to blatantly ignore multiple UN Security Council resolutions banning dangerous ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction programs,” he said.

“We remain deeply concerned that North Korea appears ready to undertake its seventh nuclear test.”

He called on North Korea to change course, abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, and resume dialogue with the United States and South Korea.

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Senator Penny Wong responds to questions from Marie Spain during the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Legislative Committee meeting at the Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 24 March 2021. (Sam Mooy/Getty Images)

Warning issued as North Korea launches two more missiles into Sea of ​​Japan

Warnings From Australia Come As South Korea And Japan Confirmed North Korea launched two more ballistic missiles into the Sea of ​​Japan on Thursday, 22 minutes apart. It came two days after the first launch on Tuesday.

In response, South Korea and the United States have announced that they will strengthen surveillance.

However, the United States recently diverted the USS Ronald Reagan to the Korean Peninsula, which participated in military exercises with Japan and South Korea in late September.

A South Korean military official said the return of the US carrier strike group was a sign of the US’s “firm determination” to counter North Korea’s actions.

Thursday’s launch was the sixth nuclear weapon launch in the past two weeks, adding to tensions in the region and fueling speculation that North Korea could conduct a nuclear weapons test in mid-October.

Japanese citizens were forced to evacuate after North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile from over Japan into the Pacific Ocean. Experts suspect the Hwasong-12 missile could reach Guam and beyond in the US Pacific. It was the first such weapons test in five years.

Caden Pearson contributed to this report.

Victoria Kelly-Clark


Victoria Kelly-Clark is an Australia-based reporter focusing on the national politics and geopolitical environment in the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Central Asia.