Pyongyang defends missile tests against US ‘threats’

North Korea’s missile tests have increased in recent days, with the communist country firing six in less than two weeks, the last being two ballistic missiles on Thursday. On Tuesday, North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) over Japan, forcing some of the archipelago’s residents to seek shelter.

“The missile test launch by (North Korea) is a regular and planned self-defense measure to defend the security of the country and regional peace against direct military threats from the United States that have been going on for more than half a year. year. ”, Said the North Korean civil aviation agency without specifying which launch it was, according to the official KCNA agency.

State media issued the statement after the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which holds its annual meeting in Montreal, on Friday condemned ballistic tests carried out by Pyongyang in recent months as dangerous to civil aviation. The lonely country considers this resolution adopted by the ICAO as “a political provocation by the United States and its vassal forces aimed at undermining the sovereignty of the DPRK.”

“serious threat”

For their part, Seoul, Tokyo and Washington have intensified their joint military exercises in recent weeks, and this Thursday they staged new maneuvers with a US Navy destroyer belonging to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier strike group. The launches come amid a record year of weapons tests by North Korea, which leader Kim Jong Un says is an “irreversible” nuclear power, ending talks on denuclearization.

The United States on Friday announced economic sanctions against two individuals and three entities accused of participating in the illegal export of oil to North Korea. Washington, Tokyo and Seoul participated in a trilateral meeting on the same day and agreed to “continue to closely coordinate their short-term and long-term responses, including with United Nations allies and partners,” the US state department said in a statement. statement. The latest missile launches from Pyongyang “pose a serious threat to peace and security in the region,” he said.

“Legitimate reaction”

North Korea issued a new statement on Saturday saying it was “closely following the extremely worrying development of the current situation,” referring to the deployment of the US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan during the joint US-South Korean exercises. week. The exercises carried out jointly by Seoul and Washington arouse the anger of Pyongyang, considering the North Korean regime as rehearsals for an invasion.

These maneuvers are “extremely provocative and threatening”, KCNA said on Saturday, and the recent involvement of the USS Ronald Reagan is “a kind of military bluff” against Pyongyang’s “legitimate reaction” to ward off US threats, state media added. . Analysts say Pyongyang has taken advantage of the deadlock at the United Nations to carry out increasingly provocative weapons tests.

Furthermore, Seoul and Washington have been warning for months that Pyongyang will conduct another nuclear test, likely after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) congress on October 16.

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