Russia announced, on Friday, that the United States is testing North Korea’s patience after it launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that fell near Japan.
According to the “Agence France Presse” agency, “Sergei Ryabkov,” Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, said in an interview with the “Ryanovsky” news agency: “Moscow prefers a diplomatic approach towards the Korean Peninsula, this is clear.” “Countries and their allies in the region need a different approach.”
“This seems to be testing Pyongyang’s patience,” Ryabkov said.
North Korea’s test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile was met with an angry and alarming response from the US government. White House National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said Friday: “We will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of our country and the security of our allies in Japan and South Korea (more details).”
According to the report, the South Korean military announced in the early hours of Friday morning that North Korea had launched a ballistic missile. This is the second time that North Korea launched a ballistic missile in the past 24 hours. The country has increased its missile tests, similar to those conducted by South Korea and the United States.
Senior officials in Pyongyang have said repeatedly that they regard the US military exercises on the Korean Peninsula and the military exercises with South Korea and Japan as a hostile act and a practice to attack North Korea.
After North Korea launched a ballistic missile on Friday morning, Japan’s defense minister said the North Korean missile has a range of more than 10,000 kilometers. According to news sources, the Japanese Defense Minister described the type of missile as an intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of more than ten thousand kilometers. This missile flew for 69 minutes.
Japan’s defense minister said North Korea’s ICBM has a range of 15,000 km, which is long enough to reach the United States.
Japan’s Kyodo News Agency reported that the missile landed 200 kilometers west of Oshima Island in Hokkaido. Japan announced that the missile flew at a high altitude.
The launch of this missile caused a strong protest by the Prime Minister of Japan, who called it “unacceptable.”
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