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North Korea launches ballistic missile ahead of VP Harris’ Seoul visit
By: Jesse O'Neil - New York Press - 09-25-22

North Korea flexed its military muscle Sunday, launching a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan ahead of planned US and South Korean drills and a visit to the region by Vice President Kamala Harris.

The missile was launched from the western town of Taechon and flew 370 miles across the country at a maximum height of 37 miles before landing into the sea, South Korea reported. There was no damage to Japanese naval targets, officials there said.

The test-launch raised tensions in the region but didn’t pose an “immediate threat to US personnel or territory, or to our allies,” the US Indo-Pacific Command said.

It was denounced as a clear violation of United Nations resolutions at an emergency National Security Council meeting in South Korea.

The provocation came two days after the nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan arrived in South Korea for joint war drills meant to signal a warning to the North, amid its ramped up displays of military prowess.

The missile was launched from the western town of Taechon and flew 370 miles across the country at a maximum height of 37 miles before landing into the sea.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un tested more than 30 ballistic weapons so far in 2022, setting a record pace as he exploited a divide in the UN Security Council after new sanctions were vetoed by China and Russia.

The threat from Kim’s totalitarian regime was expected to be front and center on the agenda when Harris visits Seoul, South Korea this week after attending a state funeral for assassinated Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Kim had underscored his latest round of testing with threats that North Korea would not hesitate to proactively deploy its nukes if pressed by the West.

Details of the launch suggested that the tested weapon was modeled after Russia’s Iskander missiles, which are designed to change directions in flight and avoid missile defense systems.

North Korea has been developing an arsenal of “tactical” short-range weapons since 2019 and resisted calls to return to diplomatic talks that collapsed that year.

Note: The despot told his parliament earlier this month that he would never abandon his nuclear and missile programs, blaming US hostility.

If interested in Fox News - here's their posting on the same subject:

North Korea fires second ballistic missile into sea ahead of VP Harris visit to Seoul
By: FOX News 09-25-22

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North Korea fired a second ballistic missile into the sea on Sunday ahead of a visit from Vice President Kamala Harris to the South Korean capital.

Kim Jong Un's regime fired its first missile off of its east coast on Saturday as the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier entered the region. The country frequently uses missile tests as a show of force. Harris will visit Seoul later this week as the U.S. and South Korean militaries hold joint drills.

Prior to Saturday's launch, North Korea had not fired a ballistic missile since June. Sunday's launch was relatively short-range, with South Korea tracking the missile as it traveled just under 400 miles at a speed of Mach 5, according to Reuters.

"North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile is an act of grave provocation that threatens the peace and security of the Korean peninsula and international community," South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement Sunday.



The U.S. military also released a statement condemning Saturday's launch. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Kim Seung-kyum and the U.S. Forces Korea Commander Paul LaCamera have also been in contact regarding the launch, according to Reuters.

"We are aware of the ballistic missile launch and are consulting closely with our allies and partners," the United States Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement. "While we have assessed that this event does not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory, or to our allies, the missile launch highlights the destabilizing impact of the DPRK’s unlawful WMD and ballistic missile programs. The U.S. commitments to the defense of the Republic of Korea and Japan remain ironclad."

Harris' visit to Asia will see her meeting with South Korean president Yoon Suk-yeol as well as Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. The meetings will discuss regional security, particularly that of Taiwan against Chinese aggression.

Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada echoed condemnations from the U.S. and South Korea on Sunday, calling North Korea's frequent launches this year "unprecedented."

[Lastly] "North Korea's action represents a threat to the peace and security of our country, the region and the international community and to do this as the Ukraine invasion unfolds is unforgivable," he said.
Personal note: When there's not much news about Kim he always
finds some way to get our attention and his name goes on record.
He's a sick puppy and most likely hasn't had his shot's today.
He's much like Trump wanting to be the highlights of the day.
They are both nut cases and should be ignored in most cases.

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