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North Korea fires mid-range ballistic missile over Japan, Tokyo says ‘act of violence

North Korea fired a mid-range ballistic missile on Tuesday that was launched through Japan, Seoul, and Tokyo the report said. It’s a major escalation in the midst of Pyongyang intensifying its record-breaking weapon testing assault.

Seoul: North Korea launched a ballistic mid-range missile Tuesday, which flew above Japan, Seoul, and Tokyo the report said. It’s a major escalation in the midst of Pyongyang increases its record-breaking weapon testing campaign.

It was the last moment that North Korea fired a missile over Japan in 2017, according to reports during the period that was “fire and fury” when North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un traded insults with former US President Donald Trump.

South Korea’s military claimed it “detected one suspected medium-range ballistic missile that was launched from Mupyong-RI area of Jagang Province at around 7:23 am (22:23 GMT) today and passed over Japan in the eastern direction.”

In an announcement in a statement, in a statement, Joint Chiefs of Staff said the military was “maintaining a full readiness posture and closely cooperating with the United States while strengthening surveillance and vigilance”.

Tokyo has also acknowledged the possibility of a launch possible a ballistic missile launched by Pyongyang by activating the missile alert system and issuing evacuation alerts.

“A ballistic missile has crossed our country before falling into the Pacific Ocean. This is a crime of violence that has occurred following the recent launch of missiles that are ballistic. We are deeply opposed to such an act.” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said to reporters.

The nukes-armed North Korea has doubled down on its plans to modernize its military this year and has tested several weapons that are prohibited which includes the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) for the first time since the end of 2017.

In the last month, Pyongyang has fired ballistic missiles with a short-range range four times and even a few hours after US Vice-President Kamala Harris flew out of Seoul.

The latest round of intense testing for weapons by Pyongyang occurs in the midst of Seoul, Tokyo, and Washington intensifying joint military exercises to ward off threats growing coming from the North.

South Korea, Japan and Japan, and the United States staged anti-submarine drills on Friday. It was the first time in five years only a few days following Washington and Seoul’s naval forces carrying out large-scale exercises in the vicinity of the peninsula.

The drills are extremely irritating to North Korea, which sees these as a rehearsal in preparation for an attack.

Harris visited the fortified and well-fortified Demilitarized Zone that separates the peninsula on an excursion that was designed to highlight her country’s “ironclad” commitment to South Korea’s defense against the North.

Washington has deployed around 28,000 troops in South Korea to help protect it from the North.

Significant escalation

“If Pyongyang has fired a missile over Japan, that would represent a significant escalation over its recent provocations,” said Leif-Eric Easley. an associate instructor of Ewha University in Seoul.

“Pyongyang is still in the middle of a provocation and testing cycle,” the official declared.

“The Kim regime is developing weapons such as tactical nuclear warheads and submarine-launched ballistic missiles as part of a long-term strategy to outrun South Korea in an arms race and drive wedges among US allies,” said the official.

South Korean and US officials have warned for several months about the possibility that Kim was planning to conduct an additional nuclear test.

The officials stated that they were confident that this would be the case soon after China’s party congress on the 16th of October.

North Korea, which is subject to numerous UN sanctions for its weapon programs, generally aims to increase the geopolitical significance of its test by using careful timing.

A country that is not a nuclear power has tried nuclear weapons six times since 2006 and most recently in 2017.

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