North Korea defends missile launches

North Korea yesterday defended its recent wave of missile tests as a legitimate counterattack to US military threats.

The reclusive communist country carried out six anti-sanctions launches in less than two weeks, last Thursday firing a pair of ballistic missiles. On Tuesday, it fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan, triggering an alert for people in affected areas to take cover.

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“The DPRK’s missile test launch is a regular and planned self-defense step to defend the country’s security and regional peace against direct US military threats that have been going on for more than half a century,” he said. the North Korean Civil Aviation Agency. without specifying which launch, according to the state-run KCNA news agency.

Seoul, Tokyo and Washington have stepped up their joint military drills in recent weeks and carried out further drills on Thursday and yesterday involving a US Navy destroyer from the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier strike group.

The launches are part of a record year of weapons testing by isolated North Korea, which leader Kim Jong Un has declared “irreversible” nuclear power, ending the possibility of denuclearization talks.

North Korea issued a separate statement yesterday, saying it was “seriously approaching the extremely disturbing development of the current situation”, referring to the nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan being part of US-military exercises. South Koreans this week.

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