It would appear that North Korea is feeling a little left out of the latest global conflict, and has decided to secure its seat at the table by firing a second intercontinental ballistic missile this month.
Just hours after Pyongyang’s weapons test, in which the ICBM landed in Japanese waters, the countries of South Korea, Japan and the United States were conducting military drills due to “an increasingly severe security environment surrounding Japan,” according to officials. America and Japan conducted a joint drill over the Sea of Japan, which officials say “further strengthens the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-US Alliance.”
South Korea ran drills with their F-35 Fighter Jets alongside American jets, off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, likely to show their northern neighbor that they won’t be intimidated. The South Korean chiefs of staff claim the exercises “showed we have a strong resolve to sternly deal with an ICBM launch and any other provocations and threats posed by North Korea, and the allies’ overwhelming capacity and readiness to launch precision strikes on the enemy.”
Washington, D.C. responded to the action by calling an emergency meeting in Bangkok, where Vice President Kamala Harris is currently at an Asia-Pacific summit.
“This conduct by North Korea most recently is a brazen violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions,” said Harris. “It destabilizes security in the region, and unnecessarily raises tensions.”
The missile was launched at a high trajectory according to Japan’s chiefs of staff who claim that, depending on the kind of warhead used on the ICBM, it could exceed a travel range of 9,320 miles, “in which case it could cover the entire mainland United States.”
North Korea is reportedly looking to ramp up its weapons arsenal amid global tensions between China and Taiwan, as well as the ongoing war in Ukraine. This has resulted in several weapons tests including missile launches that have unnecessarily escalated concerns.
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