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South Korea says North Korea launched a ballistic rocket

South Korea says North Korea launched a ballistic rocket

October 10, 2022: -On Wednesday, North Korea released a ballistic missile that likely flew over Japan, the militaries of South Korea and Japan said. The unknown ballistic rocket has been released into the Sea of Japan, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff approved to NBC News.

The latest missile test comes as members of the United Nations Security Council convened a meeting to discuss North Korea’s October 3 test of an intermediate-range ballistic rocket over northern Japan. The U.N. bans North Korea from testing ballistic and nuclear weapons.

The provocative test prompted late-night calls from White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan to his Japanese and South Korean counterparts. President Joe Biden condemned the missile test in a Tuesday phone call with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Biden also discussed ways to “limit North Korea’s ability to support its unlawful ballistic missile and weapons of mass destruction programs,” according to a White House readout of the call.

The test, the first in five years to fly over Japan, was answered with a volley of U.S. and South Korean missiles. The Pentagon said the four rockets were launched into the waters off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula.

Pyongyang has carried out five separate launches of eight ballistic missiles in the past ten days.

“Among these launches, the latest one was especially significant. It flew over Japan and impacted the Pacific Ocean for the first time since 2017. I assume we can all imagine how terrifying it must be to see a missile flying overhead,” Ishikane Kimihiro, the Japanese ambassador to the United Nations, said before the Security Council.

“This is unacceptable, and Japan condemns it in the strongest possible terms,” he added.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the Biden administration “will not stand by” amid Pyongyang’s brazen missile tests.

“Despite a lack of engagement from North Korea, the United States remains committed to dialogue and diplomacy. The United States, however, will not stand by as North Korea directly threatens the United States, our allies, and the entire world,” she said in remarks before the Security Council.

Meanwhile, North Korea’s foreign ministry condemned the U.S. for calling the Security Council meeting and participating in joint military drills with South Korea.

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