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North Korea fires ballistic missile ahead of US VP Harris’s visit to Seoul

North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward the sea off its east coast on September 25, ahead of a planned military exercise by South Korean and US forces that involved an aircraft carrier and a visit to the region by US Vice President Kamala Harris.

South Korea’s military said it was a single, short-range ballistic missile that was fired just before 7 a.m. near the Taecheon area of ​​North Pyongyan province.

Japan’s Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said Japan estimated it had reached a maximum altitude of 50 km and may have flown on an irregular trajectory. Hamada said it was outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone and there were no reports of problems with shipping or air traffic.

The launch comes after the nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan took part in a joint exercise with South Korean forces in South Korea and arrived ahead of Harris’s planned visit to Seoul this week.

It was the first such launch since the North fired eight short-range ballistic missiles in one day in early June, prompting the United States to impose further sanctions for violating United Nations Security Council resolutions. called upon.

North Korea rejected the UN resolutions as a violation of its sovereign right to self-defense and space exploration, and criticized previous joint exercises by the United States and South Korea as evidence of their hostile policies.

The exercise has also been criticized by Russia and China, who have called on all sides not to take steps that escalate tensions in the region and called for an easing of sanctions.

After North Korea conducted an unprecedented number of missile tests earlier this year, including its intercontinental ballistic missiles for the first time since 2017, the United States and South Korea said they would conduct joint exercises and military exercises to deter Pyongyang. will boost performance.

“The defense exercise is not going to stop North Korean missile tests,” said Leif-Erik Isley, professor of international affairs at Iwa University in Seoul.

But US-South Korea security cooperation helps deter North Korean aggression and counter Pyongyang coercion, and should not deter allies from conducting the military training and exchanges necessary to maintain the alliance, he said.

of south korea yonhap North Korea may also prepare to test a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), citing the South’s military, the news agency reported on Saturday.

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