North Korea tests ballistic missiles after Biden trip to region

North Korea fired this Wednesday (25, local date) three missiles, apparently ballistic, towards the Sea of ​​Japan (called the East Sea in the two Koreas), as reported by the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea (JCS).

The missile test, the 17º of its kind since the beginning of the year, comes a day after US President Joe Biden completed an Asian trip in Tokyo that also took him to South Korea and which focused on addressing Pyongyang’s arms challenges, among other matters.

The first of the launches took place around 6 am (local time, 18h on Tuesday in Brasília), and the other two took place in a period of around 45 minutes later, according to the South Korean army, which also said they were all fired from the Sunan area of ​​the North Korean capital.

Japanese authorities also detected the launches and said that the projectiles fell out of waters belonging to Japan’s exclusive economic space, according to state broadcaster NHK.

Also according to the local press, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida declared that his country “is compiling more details” of the releases and that his government “has given instructions to ensure the safety of ships throughout the area.”

In turn, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol also convened a meeting of the Council of National Security to review the latest North Korean test and try to determine what kind of missiles were launched.

The launches take place after the last day 12 Pyongyang fired three missiles that were considered ballistic and short-range by the South, also from the Sunan area of ​​Pyongyang.

Washington, Seoul and Tokyo had been warning for weeks that they had detected Pyongyang’s preparations. to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Added to this is the fact that the regime has been preparing for months what has been It carried out its first nuclear test since 2017 in Punggye-ri, in the northeast of the country, where according to allies, everything is ready waiting for North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to choose the right moment to detonate an atomic device.

During his visit to South Korea last weekend and his subsequent trip to Japan between Sunday and Tuesday, Biden emphasized the need to increase deterrence on the peninsula. in the face of provocations from the North, although it also left the door open for dialogue with Pyongyang.

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