North Korea stepped up a recent series of weapons tests on Sunday, launching what analysts say the most powerful missile the isolated government has tested in five years.
Pyongyang’s seventh launch in January 2022 traveled 1,242 miles and landed in the sea about 500 miles away, officials from the Japanese and South Korean governments said. No damage or injury has been reported.
Joint Chiefs of Staff in South Korea Said Yonhap News has detected a missile launched at a steep angle from Chagan at around 7:52 am local time. The military also confirmed the distance and height at which the projectile flew, adding that the missile had reached the maximum speed of Mach 16, 16 times the speed of sound.
“Our army is tracking and monitoring the relevant North Korean movements and staying ready,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman told reporters.
Meanwhile, South Korean President Moon Jae-in Said North Korea may have broken North Korea’s 2018 commitment to stop testing long-range missiles and nuclear weapons.
The Moon claimed to have violated Sunday’s Security Council resolution, a move aimed at “denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, stabilizing peace, and finding diplomatic solutions to the nuclear impasse between North Korea and other nations. It is a challenge to the efforts of the international community. ” world.
The Kim Jong-un administration “should stop actions that create tension and pressure and respond to offers from the international community, including South Korea and the United States,” Moon continued.
U.S. Indo-Pacific Army Blame “We evaluated the incident as not presenting an imminent threat to US personnel, territory, or allied personnel,” the launch said. “We will continue to monitor the situation.”
Sunday’s test was North Korea’s seventh launch this month. An unusual frequency of tests tells the Biden administration about secular stagnation nuclear negotiations as pandemic-related difficulties further stress the economy destroyed by decades of mismanagement and U.S.-led sanctions on nuclear weapons programs. Indicates the intention to apply pressure.
Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi also told reporters that the missile was the longest distance North Korea had tested since the Mars 15 ICBM in November 2017.
Last year, Kim announced a new five-year plan for weapons development and published an ambitious wishlist that included supersonic weapons, spy satellites, solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missiles, and submarine-launched nuclear missiles.
State media visited an unspecified munitions factory where Kim manufactures a “major weapon system” on Friday, and workers “shatter the challenges of American imperialists and their vassals with his bold picks.” He said he had pledged loyalty to his leader.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.