North Korea calls US ‘threat to stability’ as it fires another missile

Japanese and South Korean officials have said North Korea has launched a missile toward Japan in what would be the second such launch this week, as North Korea railed against the United States and its allies.

“A possible ballistic missile was launched from North Korea,” the office of Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio said on Twitter on Wednesday, Thursday local time.

A previous tweet, which has since been deleted, suggested the rocket “probably” flew over Japan, as it did on Monday’s launch.

The launch was spotted shortly after North Korea’s foreign ministry, officially the DPRK, issued a statement criticizing recent maneuvers by the US military and its allies, and their attempts to take criticism of Pyongyang’s missile activities to the Security Council of the United Nations, which has prevented North Korea from pursuing such activities.

“The DPRK Foreign Ministry strongly condemns the US and some of its satellites for unfairly referring the United Nations Security Council to the just countermeasures of the Korean People’s Army against the joint exercises between South Korea and the US, which have heightened military tensions on the Korean Peninsula escalate,” the statement said.

“The DPRK observes that the US poses a serious threat to the stability of the situation on and around the Korean peninsula by relocating the carrier task force in the waters off the Korean peninsula,” it added.

Nimitz class USS Ronald Reagan and its accompanying strike force were deployed to the Sea of ​​Japan late last month and are reportedly heading for the Korean peninsula amid rising tensions as North Korea continued to fire missiles at the ocean. The US has also conducted joint drills with South Korea and Japan, which North Korea viewed as provocative.

This is an evolving news story. More information will be added as it becomes available.

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A United Nations Command (UNC) soldier (right) provides a media tour while a South Korean soldier (left) and other UNC soldiers stand guard in front of North Korea’s Panmon Hall and the military demarcation line between North and South Korea in the Joint Security Area (JSA) of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Panmunjom Ceasefire Village on October 4. Japanese and South Korean officials said North Korea fired a missile toward Japan on the second launch this week.
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