December 6, 2022

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North Korea launches another ballistic missile: Japan evacuates people and asks for shelter

A South Korean soldier near a television showing a North Korean missile launch (REUTERS / Kim Hong-Ji)

North Korea fired an unidentified missile in an easterly directionBoth the South Korean military and Japan’s coast guard said early Tuesday.

Once the missile’s launch pad and its path were identified, Japanese officials urged residents of the two northern regions to evacuate to safer places.

“It looks like North Korea launched a missile. Please evacuate to buildings or underground,” the government warned at 7:29 a.m. (2229 GMT Monday). The national station NHK He said the warning was in effect for two regions in the north of the country.

According to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s office, the missile was fired by Pyongyang flew over Japanese territory and beat Pacific Ocean. The missile reportedly crossed the provinces Amory Y HokkaidoAl Norde from the country.

After North Korea’s missile launch, Japan asked people to take shelter

This publication is a novelty For North Korea, it usually refers to its threats as projectile shots East Seaoh Sea of ​​JapanThe waters around the Korean Peninsula to the east.

The fact that the missile crossed the border into Japan is of great concern to Tokyo authorities. emergency meeting For this Tuesday. It has been more than five years since North Korea threatened Japan with a missile that flew over its border.

This is the first time Japan has activated its civilian missile trajectory warning system since another North Korean missile flew over Hokkaido on September 15, 2017.

After the first information about the launch, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a warning to the public: “The missile is believed to have been launched from North Korea. Exit into a building or underground”.

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“The previous missile is believed to have gone through Pacific Ocean Around 07:29. If you see something suspicious, do not go near it, contact the police or firemen immediately,” the head of state elaborated.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), for its part, described it in a statement as an “intermediate-range ballistic missile” launched from Jagang province, located in the north of the neighboring country and bordering China.

File photo.  North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has distanced himself from what state media is saying "New type" An intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is seen in this undated photo released by North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 24, 2022.  KCNA via REUTERS
File photo. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un walks away from what state media say is a “new type” intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Central News Agency on March 24, 2022. North Korea (KCNA) . KCNA via REUTERS

This release happens in the middle of a few Military exercises Collections from South Korea, Japan and the United States And the communist country is joining a record string of weapons tests this year.

The purpose of the maneuvers that began last week Enhancement of trilateral anti-submarine warfare capabilities in the East Sea (as the Sea of ​​Japan is called in the two Koreas) to counter the growing threat of North Korea’s SLBMs (submarine-launched ballistic missiles),” the South Korean navy said in a statement.

The text insists that Pyongyang It continues and explains that the training “improves the capabilities of their SLBMs”. It will focus on detecting, identifying and tracking North Korean submarines Equipped with technology to launch SLBMs.

The announcement of the military drills comes after satellites spotted in mid-September preparations for the first display of a new North Korean submarine capable of launching up to four SLBMs, compared to a single missile-loading missile. A North Korean with this technology, Sinbo (“gore” in Korean, whale).

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Regarding participating forces, South Korea contributes the destroyer Munmu the Great, Japan the destroyer Asahi, and the United States the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. and its strike group, made up of the missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville and the Aegis-equipped destroyer USS Barry.

US Vice President Kamala Harris, who visited Seoul last week, visited the demilitarized zone that divides the peninsula to demonstrate the White House’s commitment to South Korea.

The country led by Kim Jong-un has conducted a record number of weapons tests this year and last week launched four short-range ballistic missiles.

The United States and South Korea have been warning for months that the communist country is preparing for a nuclear test.

(With information from AFP and EFE)

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