SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea on Friday fired what appeared to be two short weapons in launching its third weapon this month, South Korean officials said, in retaliation for new sanctions imposed by the Biden government. his continued testing began.
South Korean Armed Forces officials say the missiles fired 11 minutes away from the western part of North Pyongan province, where North Korea is known to use heavy artillery and has been conducting repeated experiments in recent years.
The hurricanes flew 430 kilometers (267 kilometers) at a distance of 36 kilometers (22 miles) before landing, officials said.
Japan’s coast guards have urged ships to be on the lookout for falling objects, but Chief Cabinet Secetary Hirokazu Matsuno said there were no reports of ships or planes being damaged.
Hours earlier, North Korea had issued a statement criticizing Biden’s authorities for imposing new sanctions on his previous missile tests and warned of a strong and clear response if Washington could keep “controversy”.
The sanctions targeted five North Koreans for their work in acquiring weapons and expertise in North Korean weapons programs in response to a North Korean missile test this week. Washington also said it wanted new UN sanctions.
The test of the hypersonic missile Tuesday – the second of the week – was overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, who said it would significantly increase his country’s “nuclear war”.
North Korea has been trying to test new nuclear missiles designed to boost security in the region. Some experts say Kim will return to a more experimental and authentic approach to forcing the world to detonate explosives and vicious threat before giving the negotiations that would require them to agree.
Following an unprecedented expulsion of nuclear and remote weapons tests in 2017 that show the North is looking for weapons that could invade the United States, Kim initiated talks with former President Donald Trump in 2018 in an attempt to boost his weapons to aid the economy. .
But the talks came to a head after Kim’s and Trump’s second summit in 2019, when Americans rejected their demands to end serious sanctions in exchange for a small commitment to North nuclear weapons.
Kim has promised to develop nuclear weapons which he sees as his strongest guarantee of survival, despite the country’s deteriorating economy after closing its borders during the epidemic and US-led sanctions.
His government has rejected Biden’s open call for renegotiation, saying Washington should “abstain from” dirty talk “- a term Pyongyang used to describe US-South Korea sanctions and weapons.
South Korea’s presidential office says National Security Director Suh Hoon and other senior officials have convened an emergency meeting of the National Security Council, “deeply concerned” over the continued establishment and urged Pyongyang to resume talks.
Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, said North Korea seems to be showing that it will not be ignored and will respond to pressure and coercion.
“North Korea is trying to set a trap for Biden’s management,” Easley said. “It has stopped the missiles that want to try again and is responding to pressure from the US and other sources to seize the money.”
The timing of the discovery and the discovery of a number of weapons indicates that North Korea exhibited weapons that were already in operation, rather than some of its own weapons, such as those intended to show Washington, said Kim Dong-yub, a professor at Seoul’s University of North. Korean education.
He also said that in the north he may have tested the Russian-powered Iskander mobile ballistic system, or another short weapon that looks similar to the US MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System.
Both arrows, which the North tried to make since 2019, were designed to be flexible and fly low, which could increase their chances of evading and overpowering defensive weapons.
In a statement issued by the North Korea Central News Agency in North Korea, an unidentified spokesman for the Foreign Ministry on Friday defended what North Korea had already established as a precautionary measure.
The spokesman said the new sanctions confirm that the US wants to “isolate and ban” the north. The spokesman criticized Washington for continuing to be a “terrorist”, saying the development of the northern hypersonic missiles is part of his efforts to improve his military and does not look to any country or threaten the security of its neighbors.
Hypersonic weapons, which fly at a faster speed than Mach 5, or five times the speed of noise, can be extremely difficult for the safety of the tanks because of their speed and precision.
Such weapons were on the hunt for high-tech weapons that Kim Jong Un was unveiled earlier last year along with a number of weapons, spy satellites, long-range missiles and nuclear weapons fired by submarines.
However, experts say that North Korea may need years and even more successful tests before it can develop a reliable hypersonic system.
In an interview with MSNBC, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the new north tests were “very confusing” and noted that the United States is working closely with the UN and its allies, including those affiliated with South Korea and Japan, in response.
“I think some of this is North Korea trying to get people to listen. This has already happened. It will probably continue to do so,” Blinken said. “But we are looking very closely with our partners and allies to ensure that they and we are properly protected and that there are consequences, the consequences of this and North Korea.”