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North Korea said it conducted a “new type of test” of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Friday, according to the state-run KCNA news agency.

Japan had already warned on Friday that the missile had the capability to reach the US mainland.

KCNA claimed the “new” missile was a Hwaseong-17, and said it was launched from Pyongyang International Airfield and flew to a distance of 999.2 km (621 mi).

The state news agency also published several photos of leader Kim Jong Un, who reportedly oversaw the launch.

The ICBM was launched at 10:15 am local time from the Sunan area of ​​Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. The US said it was a “brazen” violation of UN resolutions.

According to the Japanese Coast Guard, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said it likely fell in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), about 210 kilometers (130 mi) west of the Japanese island of Oshima. It didn’t fly over Japan.

“North Korea is repeatedly carrying out provocations,” Kishida told reporters on Friday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. “I want to say again that we cannot accept such actions.”

He said the Japanese government will continue to collect and analyze information and provide quick updates to the public. Kishida said there were no reports of damage to ships at sea so far.

After guiding the launch of the ICBM on Friday, Kim said North Korea had to “make clear its strong will to respond to the frenzied aggression war drills by enemies trying to destroy peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the region.” Must perform well”. America and South Korea

According to KCNA, he also warned that his country would retaliate “more aggressively” if the US “perpetuates military bluff on the Korean Peninsula and its surrounding region.”

KCNA said, “Kim Jong Un solemnly declared that if enemies continue to pose a threat to the DPRK, often meaning a nuclear strike, our party and government are fully prepared for nuclear weapons and total confrontation with nuclear weapons.” will respond in kind.”

The ICBM traveled at 22 times the speed of sound, according to the JCS, adding that details are being analyzed by intelligence officials in South Korea and the US.

Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said it had the capability to reach the US mainland. “The range of the ICBM-class ballistic missile launched this time may exceed 15,000 km depending on the flight distance of this ICBM,” Hamada said in a statement. “It depends on the weight of the warhead, but in that case, the US mainland would be included in the range.”

This is not the first time North Korea has launched an ICBM, which experts and officials have assessed could theoretically reach the US.

Friday’s missile was lower in altitude and distance than Pyongyang’s missile test on March 24, which recorded the highest altitude and longest duration of any North Korean missile, according to a report by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The missile reached an altitude of 6,248.5 km (3,905 mi) and covered a distance of 1,090 km (681 mi), KCNA said.

And in 2017, then-US Secretary of Defense James Mattis issued a missile launched by north korea In that year demonstrated the ability to hit “Everything in the World”.

On Friday morning, US Vice President Kamala Harris gathered with the leaders of Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Canada at a previously scheduled media briefing on the sidelines of the APEC summit to condemn the launch.

“I call on this group of allies and partners to come together to condemn North Korea’s long-range ballistic missile launch,” he said. “I have also asked them to join us so that as allies and partners we can consult on next steps. This recent conduct by North Korea is in open violation of several UN security resolutions. It destabilizes security in the region and unnecessarily escalates tensions.”

A senior administration official described the missile as a “further enhancement” because of its long-range capability and ability to reach the US mainland.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol also ordered the “active execution” of stronger expanded deterrent measures against North Korea on Friday.

The president said Seoul would strengthen its alliance with Washington, and strengthen its defense posture and security cooperation with the US and Japan.

“The government will not tolerate provocations by North Korea,” his office said in a statement. “The government has enormous response capability and willingness to respond promptly to any North Korean provocation, so North Korea should not misconstrue this.”

It added that North Korea can gain nothing from continued provocations, while warning that sanctions against the North will only strengthen, resulting in Pyongyang’s further international isolation.

Calling the launch “a serious act of significant provocation and threat”, the JCS warned the North of its violation of a UN Security Council resolution and urged it to stop immediately.

According to US Air Force Colonel Greg Hignite, director of public affairs for US Army Japan, Misawa Air Base issued an alert to the shelter following the missile’s firing. He said it has now been lifted and the US military is still analyzing the flight path.

National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said in a statement on Friday that US President Joe Biden was briefed about the missile launch and that his national security team “will continue to consult closely with allies and partners.”

“The door is not closed on diplomacy, but Pyongyang must immediately cease its destabilizing actions and instead choose diplomatic engagement,” Watson said. “The United States will take all necessary measures to ensure the security of the American homeland and the Republic of Korea and Japanese allies.”

Friday’s launch came a day after Pyongyang fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, and prompted the United States to “retaliate harshly” with South Korea over its strained defense ties. A stern warning has been issued. and Japan.

This is the second questionable test launch of an ICBM this month — an earlier missile fired on November 3 failed, a South Korean government source told CNN at the time.

An aggressive escalation in weapons testing and rhetoric has set off alarm bells in the region with missile launches and joint military exercises with the US, South Korea and Japan.

Leif-Erik Eisley, associate professor of international studies at Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, said North Korea is “trying to disrupt international cooperation against it by raising military tensions and suggesting it may launch nuclear strikes on American cities.” Has the potential to put you at risk.”

By CNN’s count, North Korea has conducted missile tests 34 days this year, sometimes firing multiple missiles in a single day. The tally includes both cruise and ballistic missiles, the latter of which did the majority of North Korea’s testing this year.

There are substantial differences between these two types of missiles.

A ballistic missile is launched with a rocket and travels outside the Earth’s atmosphere, gliding through space before it re-enters the atmosphere and descends, carried to its target only by gravity. goes.

A cruise missile is powered by a jet engine, remains inside the Earth’s atmosphere during its flight and is steerable with control surfaces similar to those of an aeroplane.

Ankit Panda, senior fellow in the nuclear policy program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said that while he would not view Friday’s projected ICBM launch “as a message per se,” he viewed it as part of North Korea’s “process.” can go. The developing capabilities have been identified by Kim as essential to the modernization of its nuclear forces.

US and international observers have been warning for months that North Korea is preparing an underground nuclear test, with satellite imagery showing activity at the nuclear test site. Such an examination will be the first of the Sadhu nation in five years.

Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Center for Non-Proliferation Studies, said the ICBM test was designed to validate parts of North Korea’s missile program, something Kim Jong Un plans to do this year. Have sworn

The recent short-range tests are “exercises for frontline artillery units practicing preemptive nuclear strikes,” Lewis said.

He rejected any political or conversational message from the trials.

“I wouldn’t think of these tests as primarily signaling. North Korea isn’t interested in talking right now,” Lewis said.

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