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North Korea launches missile after Kamala Harris' visit to Seoul

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A vice-presidente dos EUA, Kamala Harris (R) olha para a Coreia do Norte do Posto de Observação Ouellette dentro da Zona Desmilitarizada que separa as duas Coreias na seção ocidental da fronteira intercoreana em Paju, ao norte de Seul, Coreia do Sul, 29 de setembro de 2022.

US Vice President Kamala Harris (R) looks at North Korea from the Ouellette Observation Post inside the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas on the western section of the inter-Korean border at Paju , north of Seoul, South Korea, 29 of September . | Photo: EFE

North Korea launched this Thursday (17) an “unidentified ballistic missile” in the Sea of ​​Japan (called the East Sea in the two Koreas) just hours after US Vice President Kamala Harris completed a visit to South Korea.

The announcement was made by the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) in a brief statement.

The launch came just hours after Harris left South Korea, where he met with the South Korean president, Yoon Suk-yeol, and visited the militarized inter-Korean border at a time of growing tension over the possibility of a new nuclear test by the Pyongyang regime.

In turn, the government of Japan convened an emergency meeting to review the details of the Launch then, and informed that the missile landed in waters outside its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and that there is no evidence of damage to ships or aircraft as a result of the impact.

Pyongyang had already recently launched two short-range ballistic missiles, one of them yesterday and the other last Saturday, both in apparent response to the presence of the American aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the vicinity of the Korean peninsula.

Today it was announced that the USS Ronald Reagan will fly on Friday (19) joint exercises with the South Korean and Japanese naval forces.

The last time this aircraft carrier traveled to the peninsula to participate in joint maneuvers was in September , at the height of rising tensions following the latest North Korean nuclear test performed until today.

Seoul, Tokyo and Washington are now trying to send a message of strength in the face of conviction that the regime, which has rejected all offers for dialogue over the past three years and opted for a weapons modernization plan, is ready to carry out a new atomic test.

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