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North Korean missile launch condemned as ‘serious provocation’

North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch has been condemned by the United Nations as a “serious provocation that threatens peace”.

According to the South Korean military, two short-range ballistic missiles flew towards its eastern waters overnight Saturday. This was the latest weapon test in the country’s recent barrage.

This launch was the sixth round of weapons testing by the North in just two weeks. It came after South Korea and the United States completed a new round off the Korean Peninsula’s eastern coast. The drills were conducted by , a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

North Korea’s military claimed that its missile tests were a “righteous response” to the US’s recent military drills. The US’s redeployment near the Korean Peninsula of an aircraft carrier was causing a “considerably large negative impact” on regional security.

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Image: A missile from the Army Tactical Missile System is fired during a joint military drill with South Korea and the United States. Pic by South Korea Defence Ministry

After North Korea fired a powerful missile at Japan earlier in the week, the Reagan and its battle force returned to the region to protest South Korea’s previous training.

North Korea considers US-South Korean military drills an invasion rehearsal. It is particularly sensitive to drills that involve US strategic assets, such as an aircraft carrier.

Image North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Although the country claims it was forced into pursuing a nuclear weapons program to counter US nuclear threats, US and South Korean officials repeatedly stated that they do not intend to attack the North.

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In five launches events, North Korea launched 10 ballistic missiles in the sea over the past two weeks.

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Sirens scream as missiles are launched over Japan

Recent weapons tests included a nuclear-capable missile, which flew above Japan in the first five years. It demonstrated that it has the range to strike Guam and other US territories in the Pacific.

North Korea test-fired other ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons earlier this year. This puts the US and its allies South Korea, Japan and South Korea within striking distance.

North Korea’s latest testing spree shows that Kim Jong Un, its leader, doesn’t intend to resume diplomacy with America and instead wants to concentrate on increasing his arsenal of weapons.

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