Launch of intermediate-range ballistic missile earlier this month was a message to ‘enemies’, says Pyongyang
tokyo goes “pay full price” if the alleged persecution of Korean nationals living in Japan continues, North Korea has warned its neighbor.
Pyongyang considers the “oppression” North Koreans in Japan as a challenge to its dignity and sovereignty, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Wednesday.
According to South Korean news outlet Yonhap, the statement apparently referred to reports of an increase in hate crimes against students at schools across Japan for ethnic Koreans.
“We have solemnly declared that the October 4 launch of a new type of intermediate-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile is a warning to our enemies,” he added. said KCNA.
“Whether this warning will lead to any real results will depend on the attitude of hostile forces, including Japan,” he pointed out, adding that Tokyo will “pay full price” for actions directed against North Korea.
On Oct. 4, Pyongyang carried out another of its tests this year of banned missile technology, launching its Hwasong-12 ballistic missile into the Pacific Ocean. The projectile flew over Japan, prompting residents to take cover, and ended up covering 4,500 kilometers, which appears to be the longest distance traveled by a North Korean missile to date.
It was also the first time in five years that Pyongyang had sent a missile over Japan, with Tokyo, Seoul and Washington condemning the move.
The leaders of Japan, South Korea and the United States met on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Cambodia on Sunday, pledging a unified and coordinated response to Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs North.
US President Joe Biden has insisted that the partnership between the three nations is “even more important than ever,” given what he described as escalating provocations from Pyongyang.
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