North Korea launched a short-range submarine ballistic missile, on a test basis, on Tuesday. The international community reacted to this, and some leaders urged the North Koreans to stop the trials and resume the dialogue on denuclearization in the region. It is the fifth release in a five-week period.
On Tuesday, October 19, North Korea launched a short-range submarine ballistic missile (SLBM) as a test. The Yonhap agency revealed that a consulted source assured that the missile flew between 430 and 450 kilometers and reached a maximum height of 60 kilometers. The North Korean army fired at him from a submarine.
The news was released by the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) in a statement. Seoul “detected an unknown short-range ballistic missile, believed to be an SLBM, launched in waters east of Sinpo, South Hamgyong province, to the East Sea (name given to the Sea of Japan in the two Koreas). at 10.17 hours (1.17 GMT) today, “it read.
The trial violates UN Security Council resolutions enacted against North Korea. Indeed, the spy chiefs of the United States, South Korea met in Seoul on Tuesday to exchange information regarding these tests. In addition, they agreed to strengthen intelligence sharing.
For their part, analysts say that the North Koreans’ constant displays of military muscle may be aimed at matching or exceeding South Korea’s arsenal.
And according to Reuters, this latest ballistic test could mean a breakdown of diplomatic relations, although this is not official.
The international community reacts harshly
A statement from the US Indo-Pacific Command noted that “the United States condemns these actions and calls on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to refrain from further destabilizing acts.”
He added that “we are aware of North Korea’s ballistic missile launch in the Sea of Japan this morning and we are consulting closely with the Republic of Korea and Japan, as well as other regional allies and partners.”
Finally, he stressed that “we will continue to monitor the situation. The United States’ commitment to defending the Republic of Korea and Japan continues to be ironclad,” although he assured that for now, the test “does not represent an immediate threat to the personnel, the territory of the United States or of our allies. “
On the other hand, Jen Psaki, the White House spokeswoman, urged the North Koreans to stop these “provocations.” At a press conference, he said that “we call on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea’s official name) to refrain from further provocations and to engage in sustained and substantive dialogue.”
“These launches – he added – underscore that there is an urgent need for dialogue and diplomacy. We maintain our offer to meet anywhere, anytime and without preconditions.”
For its part, the South Korean National Security Council confessed to feeling “profound disappointment at the gesture.” And he asked North Korea to return to dialogue.
And Farhan Haq, the UN deputy spokesman, revealed that Antonio Guterres, the secretary general of this same organization, asked North Korea to “quickly resume diplomatic efforts for peace and the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. ”.
A series of ballistic tests in recent weeks
The launch is on the same day that Seoul has launched the international fair for the aerospace and defense industry ADEX. It also coincides with the visit of the director of US national intelligence, Avril Haines, to the South Korean capital.
In addition, last Monday envoys from the United States and South Korea had met in Washington to discuss the nuclear confrontation with North Korea.
Already last week, the regime exhibited several Pukguksong missiles in Pyongyang. Some analysts believe that the projectile launched today is the Pukguksong 4.
It should be noted that this is the fifth North Korean trial within five weeks. However, the first successful SLBM launch from a Sinpo submarine was in 2016. In 2019 it tested another.
North Korea has persisted in military development despite international sanctions on its nuclear weapons and missile programs. Joe Biden, the president of the United States, has shown interest in resuming the dialogue on denuclearization in the region with North Korea. However, the leader of this country, Kim Jong-un, is opposed as he believes that the US has not changed “its hostile policy.” The talks stalled in 2019, under Donald Trump.
With EFE and Reuters