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US condemns N Korea’s ballistic missile launch

 International Desk

 Published: 04:26 PM, 19 October 2021  

Photo: Collected

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The United States military today condemned North Korea for a suspected ballistic missile launch and called on the country to “refrain from any further destabilizing acts”.

“We are aware of the North Korean ballistic missile launch this morning into the Sea of Japan and are consulting closely with the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan,” the US Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement.

The statement added that this event “does not pose an immediate threat” to US personnel, territory, or that of our allies, reports AFP.

Earlier in the morning, North Korea fired a ballistic missile into waters off the coast of Japan on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, it’s latest in a series of tests with analysts saying it could have been a submarine-launched weapon.

The “unidentified ballistic missile” was fired from Sinpo into the sea east of the peninsula, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

Sinpo, where the missile was fired from, is a major naval shipyard and satellite photographs have previously shown submarines at the facility.

The North is known to be developing a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) and previously carried out an underwater launch, although analysts said that one was likely to have been from a submerged platform rather than a submarine.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said two ballistic missiles had been fired, calling the launch “very regrettable”.

Pyongyang is under multiple international sanctions over its banned nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, which it says it needs to protect itself against a US invasion.