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Japanese PM orders to ensure safety of navigation after N. Korea’s missile launch

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A man watches a TV screen showing an image of North Korea’s ballistic missile launched from a submarine on Tuesday, during a news programme at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea.

JAPAN, KOREA: After North Korea reportedly fired a ballistic missile, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida instructed Japanese authorities to collect data regarding the incident and make preparations for emergency situations.

“Today, North Korea fired what is believed to be a ballistic missile. I have instructed the relevant ministries to act in three areas: ensure the collection and analysis of data and timely inform the population, guarantee the safety of navigation and air transport, and prepare for emergency situations,” said Sputnik quoted Japanese Prime Minister Kishida as saying. Notably, this comes after North Korea launched a hypersonic missile last month.

Meanwhile, North Korea announced on Wednesday that it had tested a newly developed missile designed to be launched from a submarine, the first such weapons test in two years and one it says will bolster its military’s underwater operational capability.

The test Tuesday was the fifth missile launch since September and came as North Korea steps up pressure on Washington and Seoul to abandon what Pyongyang sees as hostile polices such as joint US-South Korea military drills and international sanctions on the North.

North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency said the latest test “will greatly contribute to putting the defense technology of the country on a high level and to enhancing the underwater operational capability of our navy.” It said the new missile has introduced advanced control guidance technologies including flank mobility and gliding skip mobility.

The North’s neighbours said Tuesday that they detected the North’s missile firing and said the weapon landed in the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

South Korea’s military described the missile as a short-range submarine-launched ballistic missile and said the launch was made from waters near the eastern port of Sinpo, where North Korea has a major shipyard building submarines.


Thursday, October 21, 2021 – 01:00

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