North Korea launches suspected intercontinental ballistic missile projectile, lands near Japan

SEOUL/TOKYO, Nov. 18 (Reuters) – North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Friday just 200 kilometers (130 miles) from Japan and had a range sufficient to reach the US mainland, Japanese officials told reporters. fired at , reported by both South Korean and Japanese officials, comes a day after North Korea warned the United States of a “strong military response” to launch smaller missiles and bolster its regional security presence. After resuming ICBM tests for the first time since 2017 and breaking a self-imposed moratorium on long-range launches as denuclearization talks stalemate, the armed country’s missile program, Japan Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada told reporters that the latest missiles could fly far. said there is. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno announced that the aircraft flew at an altitude of about 6,000 km and a range of 1,000 km at 15,000 km and landed in rough seas. y Oshima in Hokkaido – 200 km west of the island of Oshima. North Korea often conducts tests from “lofted” orbits, where the missiles fly much higher into space but shorter distances than they would when launched from normal orbits. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said there were no reports of damage, but that North Korea’s repeated missile launches were unacceptable. got off .Military Exercise North Korea’s last ICBM test was a sea-launch of several missiles on November 3 in protest of the ROK-US joint military exercise. Friday’s launch will be the eighth ICBM test. The ICBM is North Korea’s longest-range weapon and is designed to deliver a nuclear warhead to any location on the US mainland. Last Thursday, North Korea fired short-range ballistic missiles, and Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui warned of a “stronger military response” to the move, saying the US was taking a “gamble you’ll regret”. In a statement released by state media, Choi denounced a trilateral summit on Sunday in which leaders of the US, South Korea and Japan criticized Pyongyang’s weapons tests and promised to strengthen security cooperation. Amid rising geopolitical tensions, such as the war in Ukraine and Taiwan and the Korean Peninsula, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit will be held in Thailand. “It has the ability to put American cities at risk of a nuclear attack,” said Rafe Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul. Missiles This year, North Korea conducted a record number of ballistic missile tests, banned by UN Security Council resolutions that sanctioned North Korea over its missile and nuclear weapons programs. An ICBM is a ballistic missile with a minimum range of about 5,500 km (3,400 km). miles), designed primarily for the delivery of nuclear weapons. Some can travel over 10,000 km (6,200 miles). Some missiles carry a single warhead, but analysts suspect North Korea is looking to develop an ICBM capable of carrying multiple warheads that can travel to a target that can be independently targeted. According to photos released by state media, analysts said the November 3 launch appeared to be a previously unseen ICBM, likely a variant of the Hwasong-15 ICBM first tested in 2017. South Korean officials said the November 3 test may have failed at high altitude. On March 24, North Korea claimed to have successfully launched the new Hwasong-17 large-scale new ICBM for the first time, but South Korean and US officials said the March 24 launch had flown 67.5 minutes to a maximum altitude of 6,248.5 km (3,905 miles). It was the largest ICBM test, North Korean state media reported. .North Korea recently fired hundreds of shells into the sea as South Korea and the United States held drills, including one related to Japan. Report by Josh Smith and Suhyang Choi from Seoul, Changran Kim and Elaine Lies from Tokyo; Edited by Jacqueline Wong and Edmund Klamann Our Criteria: Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
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