The commander of US forces in the Indo-Pacific, Admiral John Aquilino, announced that Ballistic missiles Tested by North Korea is able to reach the territory of the United States, but it is not clear whether it can travel these distances with nuclear warheads.
“The capabilities that (the missiles) have recently demonstrated, according to our assessment, can reach the territory of the United States,” Aquilino said during a forum on security issues.
He added, “As for the possibility of launching such a missile with nuclear warheads, we are still evaluating its capabilities in this field. This requires reducing the size of the warhead, and it is not yet clear whether they can do that.”
North Korea conducted, today, Wednesday, the test firing of two short-range ballistic missiles in the direction of the Sea of Japan, according to agency “Kyodo” news, with reference to the South Korean army.
On July 12, North Korea tested a Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile with a solid fuel engine.
According to the North Korean news agency, the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, oversaw the launch, and the ICBM flew 1,001 kilometers and fell into the Sea of Japan.
And “Yonhap” reported that the Joint Chiefs of Staff in South Korea reported that the two missiles were launched early Wednesday from the Sunan area in Pyongyang, where they flew about 500 kilometers before falling into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff condemned the launch as a “major act of provocation” and a violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
“We are analyzing the details, but we estimate that they fell outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, east of the Korean Peninsula,” she said in a tweet.
The launch of the two missiles is part of a series of missile tests by Pyongyang at a time when South Korea and the United States have strengthened their defense cooperation with the escalation of tensions between Seoul and Pyongyang.
Seoul and Washington strengthened their defense cooperation in response, especially by organizing joint military exercises using the most advanced air and strategic weapons.
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