The United States condemned the launch of an intercontinental missile by North Korea and sent a warning to Kin Jong-un

Passengers wait for their train in front of a TV showing a news story about North Korea firing a ballistic missile off its east coast, at a train station in Seoul, South Korea (REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji) (KIM HONG-JI /)

USA condemned the launch by North Korea of ​​a long-range missile and called on Pyongyang to cease its destabilizing actions, in addition to warning that it will take “all necessary measures” to guarantee their safety and that of their allies Japan and South Korea.

This was stated in a statement by the spokesman for the National Security Council, Adam Hodge, in which he stressed that said launch is a “blatant” breach of UN resolutions and increases tensions in the region.

North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Wednesday at a time marked by South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s participation in the NATO summit and renewed regional tensions after Pyongyang threatened to respond to alleged Washington Air Instructions.

Kim Jong Unduring a meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party (Korea Central News Agency/Korea Press Service via AP, File)
Kim Jong Unduring a meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party (Korea Central News Agency/Korea Press Service via AP, File) (Uncredited/)

According to Hodge, the national security team of the president of the United States, Joe Biden, is analyzing the situation in coordination with its allies and partners.

This action demonstrates that North Korea “continues to prioritize its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs over the well-being of its people”emphasizes the statement, in which the United States urges the rest of the countries to condemn these events and also ask Pyongyang to agree to participate in “serious negotiations”.

“The door to diplomacy has not been closed but Pyongyang must immediately cease its destabilizing actions and choose diplomatic engagement instead,” Hodge added.

NATO says North Korea’s missile program violates international law

Jens Stoltenberg (REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)
Jens Stoltenberg (REUTERS/Ints Kalnins) (INTS KALNINS/)

NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, stressed this Wednesday that North Korea’s nuclear missile programs “violate” International Law. “We saw the latest missile launch by North Korea, which reminded us once again of nuclear missile programs, which violate International Law,” Stoltenberg said in an appearance with the Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishidaduring the NATO summit held in Vilnius.

At that meeting, the allied leaders held a meeting this Wednesday with the leaders of Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, partners of the transatlantic organization in the Indo-Pacific.

The NATO Secretary General stressed that the transatlantic organization is “very closely following and condemning North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, which violate international standards and multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions.”

North Korea today launched an unidentified ballistic missile into the Sea of ​​Japan (known as the East Sea in both Koreas), the South Korean Army reported today.

The Japanese Ministry of Defense also reported today the new North Korean launch of an apparent ballistic missilethe first of this type since June 15, and noted that it is collecting details of it to assess whether it presents any risk to its territory.

A North Korean release from last year (KCNA via REUTERS)
A release from North Korea from last year (KCNA via REUTERS) (KCNA /)

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) notified the launch at 10:07 local time on Wednesday (1:07 GMT), a few minutes after the Japanese Defense Ministry.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol chaired today in Vilnius, where he is to participate in the NATO summit, an emergency meeting of the National Security Council on the occasion of the missile launch.

On the other hand, Stoltenberg expressed “concern” about the “strong military reinforcement” of China, as well as about the “modernization and expansion of its nuclear forces”.

The Norwegian politician stressed that no other partner is “closer to NATO than Japan.”

He recalled that Kishida has stated “on numerous occasions” that what happens in Asia “is important for Europe” and that what happens in Europe “is important for Asia.”

This shows that security is not regional, security is global. And that is demonstrated by the ongoing war in Ukraine, which has global ramifications.”, confirmed the secretary general.

Kishida, meanwhile, stressed that in the current “grave” international security environment, the security of Europe and the Indo-Pacific are “inseparable.”

“Japan and NATO share the understanding that unilateral attempts to change the ‘status quo’ by force or coercion will not be tolerated regardless of where they take place in the world,” he said.

The Japanese president also welcomed “the recent agreement” on cooperation between Japan and NATO, in which “in addition to additional areas”, the Alliance and Tokyo will cooperate in new areas, such as cyberspace, emerging technologies and destructive or manipulation of information.

(With information from EFE)

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