North Korea Sends Missile Over Japan, US South Korea Hold Live-Fire Drills
PYONGYANG - After North Korea sent a missile flying over Japan, the US and South Korea held live-fire missile drills, during which one missile malfunctioned and crashed down inside the Air Force base in Gangneung.
After North Korea had fired a missile over Japan, the Japanese government issued a warning saying that North Korea appeared to have launched at least one ballistic missile toward Japan and urged everyone in the country to monitor news media.
A second message by the Prime Minister's Office of Japan stated, "[Emergency Alert] A projectile that appears to be a North Korean ballistic missile has likely flown over Japan".
Following the incident with North Korea, the United States not only commenced joint live-fire missile drills with South Korea in the region, but is now sending a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan back to waters near the Korean Peninsula, according to officials at the U.S. Defense Department.
The USS Ronald Reagan is now located in the Sea of Japan, according to a Navy Spokesperson Wednesday. It has returned to the waters after finishing up exercises with South Korea and Japan on Friday.
Sending the aircraft carrier to the region for the first time since 2017 just after the North had launched the missile over Japan, its fifth missile test in the last two weeks, is an apparent signal to Pyongyang.
After North Korea had launched the missile over Japan, the United States and South Korea carried out live-fire missile tests themselves, which included dropping bombs on an island located in the Yellow Sea.
Regarding the carrier strike group's move to the Korean Peninsula, Japan's JCS stated, "The re-dispatch of the carrier strike group to the Korean Peninsula is highly unusual and shows the resolute will of the South Korea-US alliance to strengthen the alliance’s readiness posture against North Korea’s consecutive provocations and to respond decisively to any kind of provocation and threat from North Korea".
The United States put out a statement regarding North Korea's missile launch over Japan saying that it was a "dangerous and reckless decision."
National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said that "This action is destabilizing and shows the DPRK’s blatant disregard for United Nations Security Council resolutions and international safety norms".
Malfunctioned South Korean Missile Crashes Down Inside Airforce Base In Gangneung During Joint Exercises With US
A malfunctioned Hyumoo-2 ballistic missile fired by South Korea crashed inside the ground of an air force base in Gangneung on Wednesday during live-fire missile drills with the United States, leading some residents of the area to believe North Korea had attacked the city and causing panic.
The ballistic missile malfunction isn't reported to have caused any injuries, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. The military said that it was investigating what had caused the "abnormal flight" of the missile.
Gangneung’s fire department, as well as its city hall, stated that emergency workers were dispatched to the scene at the air force base in response to calls regarding a possible explosion, but were sent back by military officials.
On Thursday, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said that drills with the United States on Tuesday included test firing four intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRCBMs).
Each side launched two Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS), as well as a Hyumoo-2 missile which was successful.
During the joint live fire drills, fighter jets were deployed and fired at a target located off South Korea's western coast.
The drills were an apparent response to a North Korean IRBM Mupyong-ri missile that was fired on October 4th from Jagang which flew over Japan, leading to the country putting out a nationwide J-alert telling residents to seek cover underground or in a sturdy building.
A spokesperson for the Japanese government stated that the missile was not shot down because it was not believed to pose a threat.
So far this year North Korea has test-fired 40 ballistic missiles.
DoD: North Korean Missile Launch
Last night, said Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea conducted a ballistic-missile launch that flew over Japan.
"The United States condemns these actions and calls on the DPRK to refrain from further unlawful and destabilizing acts," Ryder said.
In response to that missile launch, Ryder said the United States conducted two bilateral exercises, one with Japan and one with the Republic of Korea.
Spotlight: Focus On Indo-Pacific
With Japan, he said, U.S. Marine Corps fighter aircraft partnered with Japan Air Self-Defense Force fighter aircraft in an exercise over the Sea of Japan. U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and Republic of Korea personnel also conducted a bilateral exercise over the West Sea.
"These engagements were taken to showcase combined deterrent and dynamic strike capabilities, while demonstrating the interoperability our nations share," Ryder said.
Ryder said that today, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with his Japanese and Korean counterparts to discuss the threats posed by North Korea and reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the defense of Japan and the Republic of Korea.
DOD: Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Japan Minister of Defense Hamada Yasukazu
On October 4, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Japan Minister of Defense Hamada Yasukazu held a call to address the threats posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) nuclear and missile programs and to reaffirm the U.S.-Japan Alliance’s resolve to maintain regional stability. The Secretary reaffirmed that the U.S. commitment to the defense of Japan is ironclad.
The two leaders shared assessments and discussed measures to respond to the DPRK’s recent missile launch. They agreed that yesterday's missile launch, which overflew Japan, was a clear violation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions and threatened regional peace and security.
The two leaders also supported further discussions on bilateral and trilateral defense cooperation to respond to the DPRK threat, and to continue efforts to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
DOD: Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Lee Jong-Sup
On October 4, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Lee Jong-Sup held a call to address the threats posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) nuclear and missile programs and to reaffirm the U.S.-Republic of Korea Alliance’s resolve to maintain regional peace and stability.
The two leaders shared their assessments of yesterday’s DPRK missile launch. They agreed that it was a serious escalation and a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.
The two leaders also supported further discussions on bilateral and trilateral defense cooperation with Japan to respond to the DPRK threat, and to continue efforts to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Secretary Austin reiterated that the U.S. commitment to the defense of the ROK remains ironclad.'
Special Representative for DPRK Kim’s Calls with ROK Special Representative Kim and Japanese Director General Funakoshi
U.S. Department of State: The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:
U.S. Special Representative for the DPRK Sung Kim discussed the DPRK’s September 25 ballistic missile launch with ROK Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Kim Gunn and Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Funakoshi Takehiro in separate calls on September 25.
Special Representative Kim reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to its allies in the face of continued DPRK escalatory actions and condemned the DPRK ballistic missile launch, which threatened the region and violated multiple UN Security Council resolutions.
He emphasized our shared goal of achieving the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and stressed the ironclad U.S. commitment to the defense of the ROK and Japan. Special Representative Kim called on the DPRK to engage in serious and sustained diplomacy, underscoring that the United States remains open to dialogue.
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