North Korea: Pyongyang fires projectile, asserts right to test weapons

the essential North Korea has launched a new short-range missile launch, the third carried out this month. A shot that was fired almost at the same time when his ambassador to the UN was claiming the “legitimate right” of his country to test weapons.

On Tuesday, North Korea fired what appears to be a short-range missile at sea, the South Korean military said, as its UN ambassador claimed his country’s “legitimate right” to be tested. arms in the face of the “hostile policy” of the United States and Seoul.

The device was fired from the northern province of Jagang into waters off the east coast, according to the staff of the southern armies. A spokesman for the Japanese Ministry of Defense, for his part, told AFP on condition of anonymity that this projectile “appears to be a ballistic missile.”

This is the third shot made by Pyongyang this month. The first involved a long-range cruise missile, and the second a short-range ballistic missile. Less than an hour after the launch, North Korean Ambassador to the UN Kim Song told the UN General Assembly that his country has a “legitimate right” to test weapons and ” strengthen (his) defense capacities “.

” Hostile will “

The United States “should prove in practice that it has no hostile will towards us,” continued the ambassador. “If so, we are prepared to respond ‘the same way,’ but it doesn’t look like the United States is ready” “to take that direction, he said.

The US State Department condemned the new missile fire in a statement Monday evening. “This launch constitutes a violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions and represents a threat to (North Korea’s) neighbors and the international community,” he said, calling on Pyongyang “to engage the dialogue”.

“Although we have assessed that this event does not pose an immediate threat to United States personnel or territory, or to our allies, the missile launch highlights the destabilizing impact of the illicit weapons program.” Pyongyang, the US Indo-Pacific Military Command (Indopacom) said in a statement.

The US military added “to consult closely (its) allies and partners” on this subject, assuring that “the commitment of the United States to defend the Republic of Korea and Japan remains unshakeable”. North Korea has multiplied in recent days the ambiguous messages with regard to Washington and Seoul.

“Looks like North Korea wants to test Seoul’s sincerity “

Tuesday’s shooting comes days after Kim Yo Jong, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, hinted at the possibility of a summit between the two Koreas, while demanding beforehand that Seoul abandon its ” hostile policy “. The remarks were in response to recent calls by South Korean President Moon Jae-in to declare an official end to the inter-Korean conflict of 1950 – 53 which ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, leaving the two parties technically at war for more than half a century.

South Korea’s National Security Council met urgently after the shooting on Tuesday. In a statement, he “deplored this launch at a time when political stability in the Korean Peninsula is going through an extremely critical moment.” “Looks like North Korea wants to test Seoul’s sincerity in terms of improving inter-Korean ties,” Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies, told AFP.

“Pyongyang will monitor and study Moon’s reaction after today’s launch and make decisions” on possible easing measures, he added. Pyongyang is currently more isolated than ever since its borders were closed early last year to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. His talks with the United States have stalled since the failure of the 2019 summit in Hanoi between Kim Jong Un and then US President Donald Trump. President Joe Biden’s government has made it known that it is ready to talk to Pyongyang at any time and without preconditions, but the dialogue remains at a standstill for now.

Since Kim Jong Un took over as head of the country, weapons programs have progressed, but Pyongyang has not conducted any nuclear tests or intercontinental ballistic missile fire since 2017.

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