10.21 am, January 14, 2022
They are believed to be short-range ballistic missiles. The General Staff said the missiles were launched on Friday in the northwest of the country and headed east. United Nations resolutions prohibit North Korea from testing ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
The South Korean army reported an unidentified shell fired by the neighboring country. The Japanese Ministry of Defense confirmed the launch. According to Japanese broadcaster NHK reports, the ministry suspects that North Korea may have conducted another ballistic missile test.
The response to US sanctions?
On Wednesday, the US Treasury decided, among other things, to impose sanctions on five North Koreans accused of purchasing goods for their country’s missile and mass destruction programs. Thus, the assets of the persons concerned in the United States or under American control are frozen. In addition, the United States wants to impose new sanctions on North Korea through the United Nations. The United States is responding to six missile tests conducted by North Korea since September.
North Korea’s foreign minister responded to the new sanctions with initially vague threats. State media quoted a spokesman as saying that if the United States sought a confrontation, North Korea would provide a “stronger and clearer response.” He accused the United States of provocation.
North Korea conducted its last missile test on Tuesday. According to their own statements, a hypersonic missile was tested. With such weapons, a hypersonic gliding missile could be launched from a ballistic missile. Hypersonic weapons are difficult to intercept due to their high speed and maneuverability.
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