March 21, 2023

North Korea fired ballistic missile for the second consecutive day, Seoul expressed fear of nuclear test

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Seoul: South Korea’s military says North Korea fired another intercontinental ballistic missile into the East Sea on Friday. This is the second time the missile has been launched from Pyongyang in two days. Seoul says North Korea has kept up a record-breaking launching spree in recent days, fueling fears of a nuclear test. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff reported the missile launch, but did not immediately elaborate on the type or range of the missile. North Korea recently fired hundreds of artillery shells into the sea as South Korea and the United States conducted military exercises in the East Sea, some of which also involved Japan.

A day before, North Korea fired a ballistic missile in the East Sea. The launch came just two hours after Pyongyang made a statement that the US, along with its allies, was trying to increase its security presence in the region and warned of a “harsh military response”. . Saying that Washington is ‘taking a risk it will regret’. North Korea has conducted a record number of tests this year, which are banned by UN Security Council resolutions. Its missile and nuclear weapons programs are banned.

Earlier on Thursday, North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hue warned that the recent US-South Korea-Japan summit agreement on North Korea would further escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Cho’s statement was North Korea’s first official response to President Joe Biden’s trilateral summit with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts in Cambodia on Sunday. In their joint statement, the three leaders strongly condemned North Korea’s recent missile tests and agreed to work together to strengthen deterrence. Biden reaffirmed the US commitment to defend South Korea and Japan with full capability, including nuclear weapons.

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