North Korea has launched ballistic missiles
MOSCOW/TOKYO/WASHINGTON, February 12. /Offset. TASS Igor Belyaev, Anatoly Bochinin/. The DPRK launched ballistic missiles towards the sea of Japan. This is with reference to the statement of the Committee of chiefs of staffs of Armed forces of the Republic of Korea told Yonhap news Agency.
“The military determine whether it was a ballistic missile medium-range “Musudan””, — quotes Agency the words of the source in the South Korean armed forces.
The launch was made at about 07:55 local time (01:55 GMT) from the landfill in the North Korean province’s Do. According to recent reports, the missile flew about 500 km. South Korean military currently specify the type of ballistic missiles — it is assumed that this could be the type missile “Musudan” with a range of 2,5−4 thousand km.
Secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers of Japan Acehide Suga said that the DPRK launched the missile fell into the sea of Japan. “The missile was launched from the West coast of North Korea and, apparently, fell into the sea of Japan”, — he stressed. According to Sugi, the rocket has not reached the Japanese exclusive economic zone.
“There was no damage (Japan) at the moment were recorded. But this is a serious problem from the point of view of safety and navigation in the region, also said the Secretary General of the Japanese government, stressing that the launch was a direct violation of the resolutions of the UN security Council. Repeated North Korean provocations are unacceptable. We Express our strong protest.”
Suga urgently arrived in the office of the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is currently on an official visit in the United States.
Earlier, the Japanese Agency Kyodo, citing a government source said that the government of Japan confirmed the launch of DPRK’s ballistic missiles. The launch, according to Reuters, also confirmed the US defense Department. “We can confirm that we’ve detected a missile launch from North Korea,” said an employee of the Department. Informed the correspondent of TASS in the US Department of defense reported that the us military carried out an assessment of the situation, promising to provide more data later. In Strategic command of the us Armed forces also can not yet provide details.
DPRK leader Kim Jong-UN in his new year address said preparing to test an Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and confirmed the commitment of the leadership of the DPRK, “the exchange rate on the parallel development of economy and strengthening of the nuclear deterrent.” In addition, in his speech, Kim Jong-UN was named North Korea “nuclear power in the East.” After that the leading Newspapers of the DPRK reiterated the country’s intention to launch ICBMs.
The resolutions of the UN Security Council banned the DPRK’s testing of ballistic missiles. In Pyongyang, these documents do not recognize, arguing that the country has every right to strengthen defenses against the backdrop of the hostile policy of Washington.