North Korea fires new unidentified projectile into Sea of Japan
The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) reported that detected the launch of an unidentified projectile from North Korea in the direction of the Sea of Japan (this), Pyongyang’s fourth trial so far this month.
The brief statement from the South Korean army did not provide more information about the projectile, while The Japanese Coast Guard reported that it could be a ballistic missile. and that it would have fallen into the water around 9:03 (1:03 GMT Monday) today.
The military of South Korea and Japan are currently analyzing the launch to clarify more details.
It is the fourth launch of this type that Pyongyang carries out this month of January, after on the 5th and 11th they fired what it assures are hypersonic missiles., and that on the 14th it launched two guided missiles from a train after threatening to respond “stronger” to the new US sanctions against North Korea.
The United States last week approved sanctions against North Korean citizens whom it accuses of providing materials and technology for the regime’s weapons program from abroad, to which North Korea responded with a third launch and a fourth carried out today.
The US ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, also noted the previous week that Washington is pressing for the Security Council to impose additional sanctions on the Asian country as punishment for all the shots he has made since last September.
Washington estimates that North Korea used ballistic missiles in these tests, which violates previous sanctioning resolutions approved since 2006 as punishment for the North Korean weapons program.
In a message broadcast on the New Year, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un avoided sending a message to the US and assured that the regime’s priority is the national economy and the strengthening of national defense.
Kim himself last year rejected US offers to try to resume talks on denuclearization, stalled since 2019.
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