Tensions Rise on the Korean Peninsula as North Korea Conducts Missile Test
North Korea Tests Long-Range Missiles, Sends Missile Submarine to South Korea
In a display of increased aggression, North Korea conducted a missile test off its east coast today, marking the longest flight time since their previous test. This comes after the nation issued a heated complaint, alleging that US spy planes violated their economic airspace and condemned the recent visit of a US nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine to South Korea.
Japanese Cabinet Secretary, Matsuno Hirokazu, reported that the missile test today lasted for 74 minutes, covering a range of 1,000 km at an altitude of 6,000 km, making it Japan’s longest flight period to date.
The Japanese Coast Guard has reported that what appears to be a missile fell into the sea early this morning. Previously, North Korean missiles were expected to land outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, but this incident occurred approximately 550 km east of the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea’s Threat Amplification Strategy
Liv-Eric Easley, a Professor of International Studies at Ewha University, suggests that North Korea’s recent statements regarding US spy planes are part of a threat amplification model aimed at garnering domestic support and legitimizing their weapons testing efforts.
“North Korea is displaying its military power to counter what they perceive as cooperative efforts to control them, such as the meeting between South Korean and Japanese leaders on the sidelines of the NATO summit,” said Easley.
Leaders Seek International Unity to Counter the Threat
In response to the missile test, the leaders of South Korea and Japan are preparing to hold discussions on the sidelines of the NATO summit, focusing on strategies to address the nuclear-armed North Korea threat. South Korean President, Yun Seok Yeol, currently attending the summit in Lithuania, called an emergency meeting of the National Security Council to discuss the situation and plans to use the summit as a platform to call for strong international unity in facing this threat.
Similarly, Japanese Prime Minister, Kishida Fumio, who is also in Lithuania for the NATO meeting, has instructed officers to gather information and remain vigilant in preparation for unexpected events. Kishida and Yoon are scheduled to hold a joint summit, along with Australia and New Zealand, and have emphasized their commitment to responding in close cooperation with the international community.
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This comes after North Korea issued a heated complaint in recent days. claim that US spy planes Violate airspace in their economic zone He condemned the recent visit to South Korea by a nuclear-powered US cruise missile submarine. and by announcing revenge
Japan’s Cabinet Secretary, Matsuno Hirokazu, said that the missile tested today flew in the air for 74 minutes at an altitude of 6,000 km and a range of 1,000 km, which is Japan’s longest flight period.
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The Japanese Coast Guard reported that what is believed to be a missile appeared to have fallen into the sea early today. North Korean missiles were previously expected to land outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone. And about 550 km east of the Korean Peninsula.
Liv-Eric Easley, Professor of International Studies at Ewha University says North Korea’s recent statements to US spy planes are part of a threat amplification model to trigger domestic support and legitimize weapons testing.
“North Korea has also shown military power to thwart what they see as Cooperation is to control North Korea, in this case, the leaders of South Korea and Japan meeting on the sidelines during the NATO summit,” Easley said. .
The President of South Korea, Yun Seok Yeol, is in Lithuania to attend the NATO summit. has called an emergency meeting of the National Security Council to discuss the missile test and promised to use the summit platform to call for strong international unity to face the threat.
The Prime Minister of Japan, Kishida Fumio, who was also in Lithuania for the NATO meeting He instructed officers to gather information and stay alert to prepare for unexpected events.
Kishida and Yoon are expected to meet today. and Matsuno said A joint summit with South Korea, Australia and New Zealand is also planned. “We will respond in close cooperation with the international community.”
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