North Korea Puts Long-Range Ballistic Missile to the Test

North Korea Puts Long-Range Ballistic Missile to the Test
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On Saturday afternoon, North Korea reportedly fired what is believed to be a long-range ballistic missile, as stated by South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

As per Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the missile landed within Japan’s exclusive economic zone to the west of the northern main island of Hokkaido. The United States has criticized this act, and the event has been met with widespread condemnation.

What’s concerning is that the missile launch occurred one day after North Korea issued a warning of “unprecedented strong responses” in the event that the US and South Korea proceed with their scheduled military exercises, as CNN informs.

Long-range ballistic missiles are extremely dangerous

A long-range ballistic missile is a powerful weapon that is capable of carrying a nuclear or conventional warhead and traveling long distances to strike its target. The destructive power of a long-range ballistic missile depends on various factors, such as the missile’s range, accuracy, and the type of warhead it carries.

North Korea launched its recent ballistic missile from the Sunan region of Pyongyang at approximately 5:22 p.m. local time. The missile flew about 900 kilometers (559 miles) and reached an altitude of 5,700 kilometers (3,541 miles).

Adrienne Watson, the National Security Council spokesperson of the White House, stated:

While [the US Indo-Pacific Command] has assessed it did not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel, or territory, or to our allies, this launch needlessly raises tensions and risks destabilizing the security situation in the region,

It only demonstrates that the DPRK continues to prioritize its unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs over the well-being of its people.

In the case of a nuclear warhead, the explosion can cause significant damage to the target, including infrastructure, buildings, and loss of human life. It is worth noting that the development and use of nuclear weapons are strongly condemned by the international community, and most countries adhere to international agreements and treaties that prohibit the proliferation of nuclear weapons.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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