Washington demands tougher sanctions against North Korea after missile launch – 26/05/2022 00:05


Footage of a North Korean missile launch is displayed on a screen at a train station in Seoul on May 7, 2022 in South Korea (AFP/Jung Yeon-je)

The United States announced on Wednesday its intention to toughen sanctions against North Korea, after the Kim Jong Un regime launched a barrage of missiles, including likely the largest ICBM.

The launch came a few hours after the departure from the region of US President Joe Biden, who came to Asia in particular to affirm his support for Seoul and Tokyo in the face of the nuclear threat from Pyongyang.

In addition, “experiments on a nuclear explosive device in preparation for a seventh nuclear test” were detected, said Kim Tae-hyo, the first deputy director of South Korea’s National Security Bureau, adding that a nuclear test may be imminent.

Seoul said at least three missiles were fired from Sunan, a suburb of Pyongyang, toward the Sea of ​​Japan at 6 a.m. (2100 GMT), 6:37 a.m. and 6:42 a.m.

“The first launch was taken as being of the new ICBM, Hwasong-17” – the largest ICBM North Korea has tried unsuccessfully to test, Kim Tae-hyo said.

The Sinan site in North Korea, where missiles were launched toward the Sea of ​​Japan on May 25, according to the South Korean military (AFP/).

The Sinan site in North Korea, where missiles were launched toward the Sea of ​​Japan on May 25, according to the South Korean military (AFP/).

This missile attack, in response to the launching of missiles and the movement of US and South Korean planes, provoked the countries’ condemnation of the continued “provocations” of the North Korean regime.

Washington will ask for a vote at the United Nations to tighten sanctions against North Korea, which should take place “in the coming days”, according to a senior US official.

The latter also noted that a 2017 Security Council resolution, which was unanimously adopted at the time, called for additional sanctions against North Korea in the event of an ICBM launch.

– “excitement” –

Earlier, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and his counterparts in South Korea and Japan “strongly condemned the DPRK’s ballistic missile launch, which is a flagrant violation of several UN Security Council resolutions.” Ned Price, a spokesman for US diplomacy, said using an abbreviation of North Korea’s official name.

Photo posted on May 25, 2022 by the South Korean Ministry of Defense of F-15K fighter jets at a military base in South Korea, May 24, 2022 (South Korean Ministry of Defense / Publication)

Photo posted on May 25, 2022 by the South Korean Ministry of Defense of F-15K fighter jets at a military base in South Korea, May 24, 2022 (South Korean Ministry of Defense / Publication)

“The first ballistic missile (intercontinental ballistic missile) is about 360 km and its height is about 540 km,” South Korea’s General Staff said in a statement.

The second “disappeared at an altitude of 20 km” and the third – presumably a short-range ballistic missile – traveled about 760 km at an altitude of about 60 km.

Japan’s Defense Ministry said one of the ballistic missiles followed an “irregular path”.

Pyongyang is working on technology to maneuver the missiles after launch, including “hypersonic glide technology,” which would make it more difficult for missile defense systems to intercept.

– An impending nuclear test –

The North Korean regime, which is under UN sanctions over its weapons programs, has ramped up missile tests in recent months, blaming the “hostile” stance of the United States.

He tested an ICBM in March for the first time since 2017. South Korean and US intelligence services suspect he is planning an imminent nuclear test, his first in five years.

South Korean President Yun Soyuk-yeol and US President Joe Biden during a press conference in Seoul on May 21, 2022 (AFP/SAUL LOEB)

South Korean President Yun Soyuk-yeol and US President Joe Biden during a press conference in Seoul on May 21, 2022 (AFP/SAUL LOEB)

Park Won-joon, a professor at the University of Iowa in Seoul, said the trials “came at an obvious time for President Biden’s return from his visit to South Korea and Japan.”

During his stay in Seoul, the US President and his new South Korean counterpart Yoon Seok-yeol, according to the latter, indicated the intensification of their joint military exercises, as well as the deployment of combat aircraft or missiles on the peninsula “to prepare for a nuclear attack.”

Park said the North Korean missile launches were intended to demonstrate “North Korea’s objections” to the ads.

– ‘Hello. Full stop’ –

Shortly before leaving South Korea on Sunday for Japan, questioned by a journalist and asking if he had a message for the North Korean leader, Joe Biden replied curtly: “Hello. Full stop.”

Footage of a North Korean missile launch is displayed on a screen at a train station in Seoul on May 7, 2022 in South Korea (AFP/JUNG YEON-JE)

Footage of a North Korean missile launch is displayed on a screen at a train station in Seoul on May 7, 2022 in South Korea (AFP/JUNG YEON-JE)

A way to announce that Washington remains open to dialogue with North Korea, even in the absence of reciprocity.

Talks with Pyongyang have stalled since the failed summit in 2019 between Kim and then US President Donald Trump. The North Korean regime ignored all offers of dialogue from Washington.

During his trip to South Korea, Mr. Biden also noted that Washington had offered to provide vaccines against Covid-19 to North Korea, but “has not received a response.”

Since the beginning of May, more than three million people have contracted “fever,” according to the term used by state media, and 68 people have died in North Korea, according to the latest official report published on Wednesday.

The country, whose population of 25 million has not been vaccinated, has completely cut itself off from the world since the beginning of the pandemic to protect itself from the virus, but the spread of contamination with the Omicron variant in neighboring countries ended up defeating this strategy. .

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