South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol today promised “a firm response” to the firing of a medium-range ballistic missile by North Korea.
This “last provocation” by North Korea “clearly violates the universal principles and norms of the United Nations” and [the South Korean President] has ordered a firm response and [the taking] of appropriate measures in cooperation with the United States and the United States. international community”, indicated the presidency.
The missile’s fire, which flew over northern Japan, triggered the first warnings in five years for residents who were asked to leave buildings, according to the Japanese government.
It also forced the temporary suspension of rail traffic in the Aomori region and on the island of Hokkaido, in the north of the archipelago, he added.
Japanese authorities said the projectile had fallen into the Pacific Ocean.
South Korea has also detected the North Korean launch, towards the eastern waters of the north.
The firing marks the fifth round of weapons tests by North Korea in the past 10 days, in an apparent response to military exercises between Japan, South Korea and the United States, which took place at the end of last month, for the first time in five years.
Pyongyang considers US-led military exercises in the region, particularly with South Korea, as preparation for an invasion, although Washington and Seoul have repeatedly denied any intention to attack the North.
The two Koreas are technically still at war, as the 1950-53 conflict ended with the signing of an armistice rather than a peace treaty.
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