Defense and National Security — The latest North Korean missile raises new concerns

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North Korea’s latest missile launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) raised new concerns Friday after US ally Japan said it has the potential range to reach the US mainland from Asia if launched with that intent.

We’ll share launch details and why timing matters, plus massive blackouts in Ukraine amid Russia’s continued barrage of missiles and evidence of explosives found in the Nord Stream pipelines.

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The US condemns the latest North Korean missile launch

The US State Department on Friday denounced North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in violation of United Nations resolutions.

  • “The United States condemns the launch of ballistic missiles by the DPRK,” spokesman Ned Price said.
  • “This launch is in clear violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions and demonstrates the threat the DPRK’s illicit weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs pose to the DPRK’s neighbors, the region, international peace and security, and the global non-proliferation. regime.”

Time of day: The launch of the ICBM, the second from the isolated country in two days, took place during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Thailand, attended by Vice President Harris along with other international leaders.

Harris was joined by representatives from Canada, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia, all of whom condemned the missile launch.

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The details: The ICBM, which has the power and longevity to reach North America, was launched from Pyongyang around 10:15 a.m. local time and flew about 1,000 kilometers east, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) .

The JCS also said the missile reached an altitude of about 3,790 miles, with Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada noting that it had the potential to reach the US mainland.

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HARRIS AT LAUNCH: ‘BRAZEN VIOLATION’

Vice President Harris lashed out at North Korea on Friday after the most recent missile launch during a performance at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, calling the move a “brutal violation” of United Nations security resolutions.

Harris claimed at the summit that the country’s behavior “is destabilizing security in the region and unnecessarily heightening tensions,” according to UKTN.

“We strongly condemn these actions and we again call on North Korea to stop further unlawful, destabilizing actions,” she said.

The vice president also spoke about economic partnerships between the US and the Asia-Pacific region in her remarks at the meeting, emphasizing the importance of cooperation between private companies stationed in different countries.

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Millions without power in Ukraine amid attacks

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Thursday that about 10 million Ukrainians are without access to electricity due to Russian missile strikes.

“There are emergency shutdowns in addition to planned stabilization shutdowns,” Zelensky said in the announcement, referring to power cuts.

Where it’s worst: The president added that there is a particular shortage of electricity in the Vinnytsia, Odessa, Sumy and Kiev regions of Ukraine.

“The elimination of the consequences of another missile strike on Ukraine continues throughout the day,” Zelensky said.

Russian shelling on Thursday resulted in casualties in the eastern cities of Dnipro and Zaporizhzhia, the president said.

Zelensky’s plea“We repeat again and again to our partners that only complete protection of Ukrainian airspace will protect both Ukraine and Europe from many possible escalations of Russian aggression and certainly encourage Russia to really end the war,” Zelensky said, speaking to Finland. and Sweden thanked for their material support to Ukraine.

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Sweden: evidence of explosives in pipelines

Swedish officials say they have found evidence of explosives in the Nord Stream pipelines that carry natural gas from Russia to much of Europe after leaks cut off the supply earlier this year.

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‘gross sabotage’: The Swedish Security Service said in a statement Friday that their investigation shows that the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines have been subjected to “gross sabotage” and that explosive residues have been found on multiple items that have been analyzed.

“In the crime scene investigations carried out on site in the Baltic Sea, the extensive damage to the gas pipelines caused by explosions has been thoroughly documented,” the statement read.

earlier: The agency said earlier last month that its preliminary investigation raised their suspicions that sabotage was a possible cause of the leaks.

Seismologists found large explosions near the pipelines before the leaks were discovered, and Denmark concluded that “deliberate actions” caused the ruptures.

Busy: Russia began reducing the amount of natural gas it supplied to Europe months ago as the war against Ukraine continued. Experts and Western leaders have said the Kremlin is trying to put economic pressure on Ukraine’s Western allies to end their support for Ukraine, but their aid is unlikely to stop.

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