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North Korea launches a ballistic missile into the Sea of ​​Japan for the second day in a row

MADRID, 18 Nov.

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North Korea launches a ballistic missile into the Sea of ​​Japan for the second day in a row

MADRID, 18 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -

The authorities of South Korea and Japan have denounced this Friday the launch of a North Korean ballistic missile into the Sea of ​​Japan, known as the East Sea in the region, after launching another short-range ballistic missile the day before.

The South Korean military has indicated that it has indications that Pyongyang has launched a long-range ballistic missile, the Yonhap news agency reported.

The Japanese Ministry of Defense has indicated that it is collecting information to see if there is any impact of the missile in Japan, collects the Japanese public television NHK.

For his part, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has declared that the "apparent intercontinental ballistic missile" launched by North Korea "probably fell within Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone," he told reporters in Thailand, where is visiting, reports the Kiodo news agency.

Kishida has condemned the repeated launches, calling them "totally unacceptable." Thus, he has assured that the Japanese government has protested energetically, while for the moment no damage to planes or ships has been reported.

The Japanese Coast Guard, which alerted the fishing boats, has reported, an hour after the launch of the missile, that the projectile was expected to fall some 210 kilometers west of the island of Oshima, in Hokkaido, in the north of the archipelago. .

The launch of this missile comes as the South Korean and US defense ministries have established a policy advisory body dedicated to missiles, known as the Missile Response Policy Advisory Group (CMWG) in Seoul, Yonhap reports.

The objective of this body is to lay the foundations for a "deeper" policy coordination on ballistic missiles, due to the increase in tensions on the Korean peninsula, "with frequent and unprecedented missile provocations."

North Korea warned the United States on Thursday that it would take "fiercer" military action if it continued military activities alongside Seoul and Tokyo in the region, the state news agency KCNA reported.

"The more enthusiastic the US is in the 'enhanced offer of extended deterrence' with its allies and the more it intensifies provocative and swaggering military activities on the Korean Peninsula, the fiercer will be the military reaction of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). ) in direct proportion to it," he explained to the North Korean minister, Choe Son Hui.

This new test by Pyongyang further escalates tensions in the region after North Korea has launched dozens of ballistic missiles in recent weeks in tests prohibited by UN Security Council resolutions, in response to military maneuvers. American-Korean forces that he considers an invasion rehearsal.

The United States, as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), have shared their evidence that it is "probable" that North Korea will carry out a nuclear missile test, the first since 2017, after observing an escalation of tension in recent weeks.

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