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North Korea Launches A Missile To south korea  Ahead Of Vice President Harris Visit

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In advance of joint military exercises between U.S. and South Korean forces and a visit by Vice President Kamala Harris, North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile Sunday toward the ocean off its eastern coast, according to the South Korean military.

According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the missile was fired by North Korea from the Taecheon region in North Pyongan province at 6:53 a.m. local time. It travelled about 373 miles and ascended to an altitude of about 38 miles.
South Korean officials on Saturday said there were signs that North Korea was preparing to test a submarine-fired missile, Yonhap news agency reported.
As it develops its weapons program, North Korea has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year. The most recent launch coincided with the arrival in South Korea of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan for joint military drills meant to demonstrate their strength and serve as a deterrence to any nuclear threat.

A senior U.S. administration official stated that any such missile launch timed to coincide with Harris’s travel to the area this week “would result in additional action by the United States to emphasize our ironclad commitment to the security of the Republic of Korea and to our Japanese partners.”
The vice president is anticipated to express support for Seoul and talk about the escalating North Korean threat with her South Korean counterparts.

The administration official, who was speaking anonymously, said: “A nuclear test would absolutely be in that category. We’ve made clear how disturbed we have been by North Korean, you know, provocations and disruptive conduct.

Yoon Suk-yeol, the conservative president of South Korea, was elected in May and has vowed to improve ties with the US in response to North Korea’s expanding nuclear and missile arsenal. This summer saw the largest field training activities by the allies in the previous five years.
After attending the state funeral of the deceased former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday in Tokyo, Harris is scheduled to arrive in South Korea this week.

After the Sunday missile launch, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida gave orders to “secure the safety of aircraft, warships, and other assets” and to use every prudence.

The joint drills between South Korea and the US are routinely met with angry responses from North Korea, which refers to them as “rehearsals for invasion.” While Pyongyang has used the exercises to defend its weapons development, the allies claim that they are defensive in nature.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “does not want to be overshadowed geopolitically,” according to Soo Kim, a policy analyst at Rand Corp. in Washington, so the USS Ronald Reagan’s return to South Korea and Harris’s forthcoming trip have put Pyongyang on high alert.

She stated that with the U.S.-South Korea partnership under the spotlight, it may have been necessary for North Korea to launch a missile to reaffirm its importance and convey [Kim’s] contempt for the two countries.

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