North Korea launched an ICBM this week as a warning against continued US-South Korea military exercises, state media said on Friday.
The missile, launched on Thursday, was intended to “give a stronger warning to enemies by intentionally increasing tension,” according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
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It was the second ICBM launched by North Korea this year, and it was launched just hours before South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol was to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
The aggressive escalation brings attention to US messages on the North Korean issue.
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The Department of Defense it said on Thursday that its frequent joint military exercises with South Korea continue to deter North Korean attacks.
“I think what’s important for people to understand is, one, deterrence continues to work,” Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder told reporters at a daily Department of Defense news conference.
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“Despite firing missiles into the ocean, North Korea is not attacking, nor should it be, and that the United States, Japan, South Korea and other allies and partners in the region will continue to work together to expand that deterrence and maintain our countries safe,” said Ryder.