Tokyo has requested an urgent meeting of the UN’s Security Council after North Korea launched two ballistic missiles in their direction in the last three days.
North Korea Fires Towards Japan
The missiles were fired as tests from a town on the west coast of North Korea. The nation’s capital, Pyongyang, is south of the town used for the launch.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff reported the missiles flew at speeds between 250 and 210 miles per hour and flew at altitudes between 30 and 60 miles high.
Both missiles made contact with the ocean just off the west coast of Japan. According to the Japanese, the impact zone is very near to their exclusive economic zone. No reports of damage or fatalities have been reported from the area.
Both South Korea and Japan pointed out that North Korea’s actions are a direct violation of the U.N. Security Council’s regulations. Of course, expecting North Korea to follow regulations is a huge ask.
The nation is not known for its compliance
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Hirokazu Matsuno, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, said during a news conference that North Korea’s recent activities endanger the security and stability of his country, the region, as well as the world at large.
He also said they are utterly unacceptable.
In addition to possibly performing a seventh nuclear test, which would be North Korea’s first since 2017, Matsuno stated the Japanese government anticipated the country would not stop conducting nuclear tests.
North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic weapon during the course of the weekend.
Relations on the Korean Peninsula and throughout the region have dramatically increased as a result of a record-breaking string of North Korean missile launches over the past year, particularly ICBMs.
In response, the United States and its friends South Korea and Japan have increased joint military exercises, which the North claims are assault drills, but which the U.S. and other forces dispute.
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In response to upcoming combined military drills, North Korea promised severe measures against the United States and South Korea on Friday. The North launched a Hwasong-15 ICBM the following day during what it described as a spontaneous launch exercise.
The U.S. military conducted bilateral air exercises including combat aircraft with South Korea and Japan. These military exercises took place on Sunday in reaction to North Korea’s nuclear testing on Saturday, which was its first since January 1.
America Backs Her Allies
The further ballistic military exercises on Monday, according to a declaration from the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, emphasize the unsettling consequences of North Korea’s illegal arms programs.
The United States’ obligations to the security of South Korea and Japan remain unwavering, this is according to the statement, and the missiles did not represent an obvious danger to US soldiers or territory.
This article appeared in Conservative Cardinal and has been published here with permission.
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