North Korea reportedly tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile system on February 26 and March 4, just after its invasion of Ukraine. Washington denounces a “serious escalation” and imposes sanctions.
A “serious escalation”. For example, the United States qualified North Korea’s two tests of a new intercontinental ballistic missile system.” The Pentagon and the White House are already announcing sanctions. They have decided to prevent “the North’s Korea from having access to foreign products and technologies that it can develop banned weapons programs.” “Other actions will follow in the coming days,” said the source, who requested anonymity.
Japan’s Defense Ministry confirms Washington’s analysis and fears that these “absolutely unacceptable” layoffs pose a “threat to peace and security.”
“The United States has decided to make this information public and share it with our allies and partners because we prioritize strategic risk reduction and firmly believe that the international community must speak with one voice. Korea,” an official said. of the White House.
The lawsuits took place right after Russia invaded Ukraine. The first took place on February 26, the second on March 4. According to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, it is one of the missiles unveiled during an Oct. 10 parade. The rocket launched in February is said to have reached an altitude of about 600 km and traveled a distance of about 300 km. reached an altitude of 550 km over 300 km.
Taking advantage of the invasion of Ukraine
According to the Pentagon, these tests would serve to “evaluate” this system before a “full” launch that could be “disguised as a space operation.” North Korea could end the moratorium it imposed on itself in 2017 on long-range missile tests and nuclear tests.
Pyongyang assures that these were satellite development tests conducted from the Sohae base, on the northwest coast of North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited this base Friday (local time), according to the official KCNA bureau, and ordered the facilities to be expanded and modernized — enough to further fuel speculation about an imminent test. and complete with long-range missiles.
Washington and its partners at the beginning of this week failed to get the UN Security Council to approve a text against North Korea, which has multiplied the firing of missiles of different ranges, running into opposition from Russia and China. Already under severe international sanctions, Pyongyang has so far rejected all offers for dialogue since the 2019 failure of talks between leader Kim Jong Un and then-US President Donald Trump.
Analysts say Pyongyang would also try to take advantage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to conduct new tests at a time when the United States is turning all its attention to this conflict. The US announcement also comes shortly after the presidential victory in South Korea of conservative Yoon Suk-yeol, who wants to sharpen his tone against North Korea. The new South Korean president, who called Joe Biden on Thursday to congratulate him, promised himself “to learn a few manners” from Kim Jong Un.