Shortly after US maneuvers: North Korea fires missiles again

Status: 08.10.2022 21:10 hrs

North Korea has conducted missile tests for the seventh time in 14 days. South Korea said two ballistic missiles were fired in an easterly direction. The launch took place a few hours after the end of an American maneuver.

North Korea has continued its series of missile tests. Two short-range ballistic missiles fell 10 minutes apart in the waters east of the Korean peninsula, the general staff said, but gave no further details.

The Japanese government also said North Korea may have tested ballistic missiles. According to this information, a missile fell into the sea outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone. The Japanese coast guard has not yet received any reports of damage to Japanese ships, NHK reports.

Intermediate-range missile towards the Japanese islands

The last missile launch on Sunday (local time) occurred just hours after the end of a naval maneuver by South Korean and US forces. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan also took part in the military exercise.

It is the seventh time in the past two weeks that North Korea has conducted missile tests despite fierce protests. On Tuesday, the country also flew a medium-range missile over the Japanese archipelago for the first time in five years. The government in Tokyo had called on its citizens in two northern regions to seek shelter in buildings or basements.

The aviation authority in Pyongyang justified the missile launches as a self-defense measure against the United States. These would pose no threat to the region’s immediate neighbors, according to a statement from state news agency KCNA.

US sanctions against supporters

UN resolutions prohibit North Korea from testing ballistic missiles of any range, which, depending on the design, can also carry a nuclear warhead. 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.

assets frozen

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. 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.

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