December 7, 2022

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North Korea has launched an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States

Weapons have a range of 15,000 km. Washington is trying to boost regional security cooperation with military exercises in response to Pyongyang’s increasing provocations.

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A North Korea On Friday the 18th, it was capable of hitting an ICBM America, according to Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada. “Based on calculations that consider the trajectory, this type of ballistic missile can travel up to 15,000 km depending on the weight of the warhead, and if so, it can reach the United States,” Hamada said. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said it detected a long-range ballistic missile it said was launched from Pyongyang’s Sunan area toward the Sea of ​​Japan at 10:15 a.m. (22:15 GMT). The missile traveled nearly 1,000 kilometers at a maximum altitude of 6,100 kilometers and at a speed of Mach 22. According to the military, the missile was considered a “threat to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.” The blast came a day after North Korea fired a short-range missile and Foreign Minister Cho Son Hui warned of “severe” military action if the U.S. strengthened its presence on the Korean Peninsula. Visiting Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the missile would have landed in his country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) near the Hokkaido region (north). um,” Kishida announced in Bangkok, characterizing the launch as “totally unacceptable.”

Washington is trying to increase regional security cooperation with military exercises in response to North Korea’s increasing provocations. US President Joe Biden has held talks with Chinese Premier Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida about moves to control North Korean arms, amid fears of a nuclear test by Pyongyang. US Vice President Kamala Harris and Japanese leaders South Korea, after Pyongyang launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, Australia, New Zealand and Canada pledged to pressure North Korea at an emergency meeting. “We strongly condemn these actions and reiterate our call for North Korea to stop these illegal and destabilizing actions,” Harris told reporters before the meeting began. “On behalf of the United States, I reaffirm our unwavering commitment to our alliances in the Indo-Pacific region,” the US vice president said, using the term to refer to the Asia-Pacific region. A senior official accompanying Harris, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the U.S. would work to “use its influence” on Pyongyang to get China, North Korea’s main ally, to join countries condemning the launch.

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*With information from AFP