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May 19, 2024 4:09 pm

North Korea fires short-range ballistic missile

North Korea has fired a short-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, according to reports from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. The missile launch marks the first such test since March 2021, and comes amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula.

The missile was fired from North Korea’s east coast and traveled approximately 450 kilometers before landing in the sea. The launch is in violation of United Nations resolutions that prohibit North Korea from developing or testing ballistic missile technology.

The timing of the launch is significant, coming just days after the United States and South Korea conducted joint military exercises in the region. North Korea has long criticized such exercises as provocative, and has used them as a pretext for conducting missile tests in the past.

The launch also comes amid growing concerns about North Korea’s nuclear program. In recent months, North Korea has reportedly continued to develop its nuclear capabilities, including by building new facilities for producing uranium and plutonium.

The international community has condemned North Korea’s missile test, with the United States calling it a violation of UN resolutions and a threat to regional security. South Korea’s foreign ministry also condemned the launch, calling it a provocation that undermines efforts to improve inter-Korean relations.

The launch is likely to further strain relations between North Korea and the international community, and could lead to renewed calls for sanctions against the regime. It also underscores the continued threat posed by North Korea’s ballistic missile program, which remains a major concern for regional security.

The United States has stated that it remains committed to diplomacy and a peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue, but has also emphasized the need to maintain a strong deterrent posture in the region. As tensions on the Korean peninsula continue to simmer, the international community will be closely watching for further developments.

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