“While strengthening our monitoring and vigilance, our military maintains a position of full readiness in close cooperation with the United States,” the Joint Staff Command Seoul said in a statement.
Pyongyang’s move came in the aftermath of the short-range ballistic missile launch, preceded by a few hours by North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui’s warning that the hermit state will take “fiercer” military action if the United States they will strengthen their “extended deterrence” commitment to regional allies, including South Korea and Japan.
The Washington-Tokyo-Seoul trilateral summit – The reference is to the trilateral summit held Sunday between US President Joe Biden, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, on the sidelines of the ASEAN regional meetings in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The three leaders had agreed to work together to strengthen coordination activities, with the explicit commitment reaffirmed by Biden. Extended deterrence, in particular, refers to Washington’s promise to use the full range of its military capabilities, both nuclear and conventional, to defend its allies. The latest North Korean turmoil has come amid fears of a new nuclear test, the seventh, by leader Kim Jong-un.
Kishida: “Unacceptable” – For Fumio Kishida, North Korea’s ballistic missile launch “is absolutely unacceptable”. The Japanese premier then underlined the absence of reports of damage to ships or aircraft and reported that “the ballistic missile launched by North Korea is believed to have landed in our exclusive economic zone (EEZ) west of Hokkaido”..
US ‘Firm Condemnation’ – Washington’s condemnation of Pyongyang also arrived shortly. In fact, the United States has made it known that it “firmly” condemns the launch of a “long-range ballistic missile” by North Korea. “The president – reads a statement signed by the spokesperson of the National Security Council, Adrienne Watson – has been informed of the situation and, together with the security team, will continue to consult with allies and partners”. “This launch – he continues – is a blatant violation of the numerous resolutions of the UN Security Council and unnecessarily increases tensions and risks destabilizing the security of the region”.CopyAMP code