New ballistic missile launches by North Korea

It is the seventh and eighth in less than two weeks: North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles in the night between Saturday 8 October and Sunday 9 October, reports the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea, quoted by the Yohnap news agency. The Japanese Prime Minister’s office confirmed the shooting on Twitter. “North Korea has carried out an alleged ballistic missile launch. More details will follow “they said.

The missiles appear to have landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, Japanese government officials said, and according to that country’s coast guard, no damage has been reported to a Japanese ship.

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Nuclear energy “irreversible”

The missile launches are part of a record year of North Korea’s weapons testing, which leader Kim Jong-un said is a nuclear power “irreversible”, thus ending the possibility of denuclearization talks. On Tuesday, Pyongyang launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile on Japan, where affected populations were asked to take refuge.

North Korea justified this series of tests with the “Military threats” Americans and released a new press release in which he claimed “Closely follow the extremely worrying evolution of the current situation”in reference to the deployment of the US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan during the joint American-South Korean maneuvers in which a Japanese destroyer took part. These joint exercises between Seoul and Washington arouse the anger of Pyongyang, considered by the North Korean regime as evidence of an invasion.

Analysts say Pyongyang has taken advantage of the standoff at the United Nations to carry out increasingly provocative weapons tests. Additionally, Seoul and Washington have been warning for months that Pyongyang will conduct another nuclear test, likely after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) congress on October 16.

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Le Monde with AP, AFP and Reuters

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