- South Korea says it tested a missile from a submarine
- North Korea fires two ballistic missiles at sea
- US and Japan condemn the launch of North
SEOUL, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - North and South Korea Korea has tested ballistic missile wednesday, the last volley d 'an arms race in which the two countries developed increasingly sophisticated weapons as efforts were unsuccessful to initiate talks aimed at defusing tensions.
South Korea tested a Underwater Launcher Ballistic Missile (SLBM), becoming the first nuclear-free country to develop such a system. South Korean President Moon was witnessing this test firing when news of the North Korean launches broke, his first ballistic missile tests since March .
North Korea fired a pair of ballistic missiles that landed at sea off its east coast, according to South Korean and Japanese officials, just days after tested cruise missile which analysts believe may have nuclear capabilities. Japanese defense ministry said the missiles landed inside Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), contradicting previous comments that they fell outside its waters.
North Korea has been steadily developing its weapon systems in amid a deadlock over talks to dismantle its nuclear and ballistic missile arsenals in return for US sanctions relief. Negotiations, initiated between former US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in 2018, have stalled since 2019.
The South Korean Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said that North Korea fired two unidentified missiles from its central interior region just after 12:30 p.m. (03:30 GMT ) who traveled 800 km (497 miles) at a maximum altitude of 60 km (37 miles).
United States CONDEMNS LAUNCH OF NORTH
The United States condemned the launchent from North Korea, claiming it violated UN Security Council resolutions and posed a threat to neighboring Pyongyang, a State Department spokesman said, without mentioning the tests from South Korea.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the United Nations was concerned about the North Korean launches. Diplomats said France and Estonia plan to step up North Korean launches during a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday.
US Army Indo-Pacific Command has stated that North Korean launches do not pose an immediate threat to US personnel, territory or allies, but stressed the 'destabilizing impact of its illicit weapons program.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called them "scandalous ”and threat to peace and security in the region.
The latest launches took place as Korean foreign ministers South and China held talks at Seoul amid concern over North Korea's tests and stalled denuclearization negotiations.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, when asked about the t ests cruise missile, said all parties should work to promote peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
People are watching a TV file showing footage from a report on North Korea firing what appeared to be a pair of ballistic missiles off its east coast, in Seoul, South Korea, September 15, 2021. Hfrance.fr/Kim Hong-Ji
"Not only North Korea, but otherscountries are carrying out military activities, "he told reporters.
In a meeting with Wang on Wednesday, Moon asked the China support to restart dialogue, saying North Korea has not responded to offers from South Korea and the United States for talks or engagement such as humanitarian aid, the spokesperson said. word of Moon.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China hopes "relevant parties " will exercise restraint.
Moon cited North Korea with nuclear weapons "asymmetric capabilities " as the reason for South Korea , which is not a nuclear power, to develop better missiles.
South Korea has pursued a range of new military systems, including including ballistic missiles, submarines andt its first aircraft carrier. It has a declared policy of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and a nuclear-free Korean peninsula.
"Strengthening our missile capability is exactly what is needed to deter provocation from North Korea, "Moon said, stressing that the SLBM test was pre-planned and not a response to North Korean Launches.
'THE STRONGEST KOREA '
The arms race has accelerated under Moon for a number of reasons, including his desire for more autonomy in matters of foreign policy, his mistrust of the United States after Trump's presidency and military developments in North Korea and China, said Ramon Pacheco Pardo, an expert Korean at King 's College London.
"South Korea is reportedly facing many political and juridiculous to develop nuclear weapons, both internal and external, "he said. " So he will develop all other capabilities to deter North Korea and show who the stronger Korea is. " "
In a statement released by state media, Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said Moon's speech on North Korean provocations inappropriate.
Without mentioning North Korea's latest launches, she called its activities set up routine defensive measures, while claiming that inter-Korean ties could be severed if Moon continues to "defame " Pyongyang.
She said that it 'is "illogical " and "silly " to portray South Korean behavior as a legitimate action to support peace and North Korea's actions as a threat.
North Korea's ballistic missile systems have been banned by UN Security Council resolutions. In November 2017, North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the whole of the United States and declared that it had become a nuclear power. Hyonhee report Shin; additional reporting from Ritsuko Ando in Tokyo, Emily Chow in Beijing, David Brunnstrom in Washington and Michelle Nichols at the United Nations; edited by Lincoln Feast, Will Dunham, Robert Birsel and Alex Richardson
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