North Korea’s newest submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test showed genuine development beforehand the armed force’s ability to launch a nuclear strike on the United States mainland or other target in the world.
The rocket, fired from near the coastal city of Sinpo early Wednesday morning, travelled about 500 kilometers prior to falling into the sea inside Japan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ).
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the North Korean provocation an “unforgivable act” in “apparent defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.” “This is the very first time that North Korea’s rocket landed in Japan’s air defense recognition zone. This poses a grave risk to Japan’s security, and is an unforgivable act that harms local peace and stability noticeably,” stated Abe.
The foreign ministers from China, Japan and South Korea discussed the North’s rocket launch during a trilateral meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday. While the diplomats from Tokyo and Seoul forcefully condemned Pyongyang’s actions, Beijing’s Foreign minister Wang Yi concentrated on cultivating wider cooperation.
Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (24 Aug) said the latest launch of a ballistic missile, fired from a submarine by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is “deeply troubling.”
Dujarric said that “not only are such actions a clear violation of relevant Security Council resolutions, but they also undermine peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula.”
He urged the DPRK “to take steps necessary to de-escalate the situation and return to dialogue on denuclearization.”
According to news reports, the missile was fired off the eastern DPRK(North Korea) coastal town of Sinpo and flew for about 500 kilometers.
The Security Council will hold closed consultations later today on this matter.
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