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North Korea fires a suspected ballistic missile again

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In a statement, the South Korean Army General Staff said the projectile was detected around 7:07 a.m. local time on Monday and launched off the east coast of North Korea.

Pyongyang announced last week that it had successfully tested a hypersonic missile, after Kim Jong-un said in his New Year’s greetings that he wanted to strengthen North Korean military capabilities in the face of an international situation deemed unstable. .

Since 2017, North Korea has respected a moratorium on nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests, on the sidelines of a diplomatic opening with the United States and South Korea.

But, while talks about denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula have since stalled, it has continued to conduct short-range missile tests, especially from a submarine.

Army [sud-coréenne] remains on the alert by closely monitoring developments in close cooperation with the United States in the event of additional launches, said the staff in Seoul.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the repeated missile fire from North Korea was very regrettable.

The South Korean military last week expressed doubts over Pyongyang’s announcement of a hypersonic missile, saying it had not seen a major breakthrough in North Korea’s ballistics program.

Call for negotiations

This new North Korean shot comes the day after the condemnation by the United States diplomatic mission to the UN, supported by France, the United Kingdom and Japan in particular, of the test carried out last week by Pyongyang.

These actions fuel the risk of escalation and represent a significant threat to the stability of the region.the US ambassador to the UN said in a statement on Monday.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield once again called on North Korea to return to the negotiating table and abandon its nuclear and ballistic programs.

Pyongyang says it is open to discussions, but only if Washington and others abandon their hostile policies from his view.

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