Weekend Reads Northern Korea draws an unidentified projectile at sea, the United States calls for dialogue

16:25  05 january  2022
16:25  05 january  2022 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Séoul (Corée du Sud), mercredi. Une chaîne de télévision diffuse des images d'un tir de missile par la Corée du Nord. AFP/Jung Yeon-je © Valery Ax Seoul (South Korea), Wednesday. A television channel broadcasts images of a missile shot by North Korea. AFP / JUNG YEON-I North Korea has launched an unidentified projectile in the sea, announce this Wednesday South Korea and Japan. This is the first test of this type from Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, in 2022. A shot condemned by Washington. According to the South Korean army, the North shot what is "presumed to be a ballistic missile" in the sea located east of the Peninsula (Japanese Sea, or Eastern Sea according to the Korean appellation) around 8:10 (00:10 in Paris). "South Korean and American intelligence services analyze it carefully for more details," said Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea. Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, talked about a "possible launch of ballistic missile" without failing to regret that "North Korea has launched missiles continuously since last year". He stated that his government analyzes the details, including the number of missiles that could be launched. Tests and new weapons in 2021 "No damage has been reported to Japanese aircraft and ships so far," said the Government spokesman, adding that the projectile seems to have "traversed about 500 km and fell outside the exclusive economic zone of Japan ". The year 2021 was marked by major armaments for North Korea, which affirmed to have successfully tested a new type of ballistic missile launched by a submarine, a long-range cruise missile and A weapon launched by a train and that she said being a hypersonic ogient. During an important meeting of the party in power last week, the North Korean leader Kim Jong A affirmed his willingness to strengthen the military capacities of his country, yet under the influence of international sanctions. Washington "Attached to a diplomatic approach" This new essay comes as North Korea has not responded to Washington's proposal, the US capital, meeting US representatives to negotiate. Discussions with the United States have been close to since the failure, in 2019, from the meeting between Kim Jong One and Donald Trump, then President of the United States. Since the arrival of Joe Biden since January 2021, the United States has repeatedly told that they are willing to meet North Korean representatives. But Pyongyang has so far rejected this offer, accusing Washington to carry out "hostile" policies. "This shot violates several United Nations Security Council resolutions and represents a threat to North Korea's neighbors and the international community," said a spokesman for the US State Department. "We remain attached to a diplomatic approach to North Korea and call it to engage the dialogue," he added. "The US commitment to defend South Korea and Japan was" foolproof, "he recalled. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the United States Minister of Defense, Lloyd Austin, have already planned to talk Thursday, at a distance, with their Japanese counterparts for routine security discussions. The food situation is a priority of Kim Jong one in a speech last week after a plenary meeting of the Workers' Party, Kim Jong a said he wanted to continue his weapon program, without mentioning the United States . Unlike previous years, where its New Year's speech focused on its foreign policy, the leader has made economic development and the food situation its priority, just affirming that it keeps the "environment" military in the Korean Peninsula "and the international situation. "Pyongyang sends the message to the United States that it will not change and that it is in Washington to give in," Shin Beom-Chul, researcher at the Korean Institute for Research on the National Strategy. The North Korean regime, which is under the influence of international sanctions because of its prohibited military programs, suffers from food shortages. The pressure on its economy has been reinforced by the closing of the borders ordered to fight against the pandemic of Covid-19 , but it did not prevent Pyongyang from developing its armament program, according to a United Nations report published in October. The North Korean leader acknowledged in June that his country faces a "outstanding food situation" . In October, a UN Human Rights expert warned that the most vulnerable are "threatened with famine".

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