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North Korea tests short-range ballistic missile, South Korea, Japan, US launch nuclear attack

According to Seoul’s military, North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile on Sunday. The test came amid rising tensions in the region as South Korea and the United States warned that any nuclear attack would spell the end of Pyongyang’s rule. “Our military detected a short-range ballistic missile launched from the Pyongyang area toward the East Sea at about 22:38 (1338 GMT) on Sunday,” Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, according to news agency AFP. “

The missile traveled about 570 kilometers (354 miles) before landing in the East Sea, also known as the Sea of ​​Japan. According to the statement, Seoul, Washington and Tokyo shared detailed information regarding North Korea’s ballistic missiles.

Japan’s Defense Ministry confirmed that North Korea had launched “what appears to be a ballistic missile” and its coast guard reported that it appeared to have already fallen.

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The missile test came as Seoul and Washington issued stern warnings to Pyongyang, saying any nuclear attack by the United States and South Korea would spell the end of the North Korean regime. The Nuclear Consultative Group discussed nuclear deterrence in the event of conflict with North Korea at its second session held in Washington on Friday, AFP reports.

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North Korea on South Korea, Japan, America’s nuclear operation drill

A North Korean Defense Ministry spokesman condemned the allies’ plan to expand a major annual joint military exercise next year, including nuclear operation drills. “This is an open declaration on nuclear confrontation to make the use of nuclear weapons against the DPRK a definite achievement,” the spokesman said, using the official acronym for North Korea.

The statement further warned that “preemptive and lethal countermeasures” would be taken if hostile forces attempted to use armed forces against North Korea, the report noted.

The latest missile launch coincides with the death anniversary of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s father and predecessor, Kim Jong Il, who died on December 17, 2011.

North Korea, which last year declared itself an “irreversible” nuclear power, has consistently refused to abandon its nuclear program, calling it essential to its survival. In the past month, Pyongyang claimed success in placing a military spy satellite into orbit, claiming it was already providing photographs of key US and South Korean military sites.

The United Nations Security Council has issued several resolutions calling on North Korea to cease its nuclear and ballistic missile programs since its first nuclear test in 2006.

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