North Korea launches yet another missile to ‘increase the likelihood of instability.’
NORTH KOREA successfully test-fired a new missile on Thursday, marking the fourth such test in less than a month.
The most recent one comes on the heels of the launch of a new hypersonic missile.
The military exercises, according to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, “increase the likelihood of instability and insecurity.”
The increasing number of weapon testing is interpreted as a sign that the country has no plans to stop developing weapons.
According to state news media KCNA, the new anti-aircraft missile demonstrated “amazing battle performance.”
A weapon was launched into the East Sea on Tuesday, which was the prior missile launch.
The Japanese Defense Ministry stated that a ballistic weapon appeared to have been launched, but the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the South did not provide any additional information.
However, on September 15, both North and South Korea conducted ballistic missile tests within hours of one other.
The North launched two ballistic missiles across its East coast, marking the first such test in six months.
Last week, North Korea spoke to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, claiming the “right” to test bombs.
South Korea’s military reported North Korea had fired an unidentified projectile into the sea off its east coast, prompting this statement.
Kim Song, the North’s UN envoy, has urged the US to abandon its “hostile policy” toward Pyongyang.
“No one can reject the DPRK’s rightful right to self-defense in developing, testing, manufacturing, and possessing military systems similar to those possessed or being developed by them,” Kim declared, referring to the US and South Korea and using the abbreviation for North Korea’s official name.
“We are simply bolstering our national defense in order to protect ourselves and ensure the country’s security and stability.”
North Korea performed a ballistic missile test earlier this month that was launched within Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
The missile test was branded “outrageous” by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.