North Korea launches an ICBM
South Korea’s military announced that North Korea launched a “suspected ICBM” on Friday.
A defense official said South Korea’s general staff “believes North Korea launched an ICBM,” without elaborating.
In response, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the North Korean missile launch was “completely unacceptable,” stating that the missile “fell into the sea.”
A previous North Korean missile test
The development comes amid an unprecedented wave of missile launches launched from Pyongyang amid joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea.
And the missile tests are banned by United Nations Security Council resolutions as part of sanctions imposed on Pyongyang over its missile and nuclear programs, according to Reuters.
On Thursday morning, the Seoul Army announced that Pyongyang had launched a “ballistic missile” into the Sea of Japan, and it came just hours after Pyongyang warned of a “more aggressive” military response to the United States and its regional allies.
North Korea’s central news agency said earlier Thursday that its military response to the joint military exercises between the United States and its allies will become “more anger,” accusing Washington and Seoul of escalating the security crisis in the region.
North Korea’s foreign minister, in a statement relayed by the official KCNA, said the recent tripartite summit held by the United States, South Korea and Japan will propel affairs on the Korean peninsula into an increasingly unpredictable situation.
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