Status: 08.10.2022 06:26 hrs
North Korea has shot down more missiles in recent days, including one over Japan. Pyongyang has now defended this, speaking of “self-defense” in the face of a US threat.
North Korea has justified its recent missile launches as a self-defense measure against the US.
A spokesman for the national aviation authority said on Saturday, according to state news agency KCNA, that the missile tests are a “defense of national security and regional peace against direct US military threats that have persisted for more than half a century.”
It was also said that the missile tests would pose no threat to immediate neighbors in the region.
US sends nuclear-powered aircraft carriers
Despite fierce protests, North Korea has repeatedly fired ballistic missiles in recent weeks. On Tuesday, the country also flew a medium-range missile over the Japanese archipelago for the first time in five years.
Meanwhile, the United States on Wednesday deployed its nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in waters east of the Korean peninsula.
UN resolutions prohibit North Korea from testing ballistic missiles of any range, which, depending on the design, can also carry a nuclear warhead.
US imposes sanctions
The US also imposed sanctions on three companies and two individuals allegedly fueling the isolated country. In addition, the US State Department said it directly supported the development of North Korea’s weapons programs and military. In concrete terms, this concerns illegal ship-to-ship transfers, which would have been used to circumvent import restrictions to North Korea.
North Korea has launched ballistic missiles this year at an “unprecedented pace, scale and scale,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement. 41 such missiles were launched this year alone, six of which were ballistic ICBMs. The new sanctions target individuals and companies from Singapore, Taiwan and the Marshall Islands. All assets in the US will be frozen. Doing business with them is prohibited for US citizens.