Japan and South Korea announced that North Korea has tested a ballistic missile for the first time this month.
The US National Security Council described the missile as a long-range missile, while the Japanese Defense Ministry said it was an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The South Korean military, on the other hand, pointed out that the missile was “hard to detect” and “a more mobile missile” after North Korea’s test.
Military officials are considering the possibility that the missile launched from the capital Pyongyang is “probably a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile running on solid fuel.” is evaluating.
“It could be a new type of missile”
It is known that the solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile is a strategic missile system that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants to bring to the army.
In a statement to the press, Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada emphasized that the missile did not reach the exclusive economic zone of Japan, and called on the people living on the islands in the north of the country to be cautious and evacuate their homes if possible.
Foreign Ministry officials of the United States, Japan and South Korea, who made a phone call, also announced that they would strengthen tripartite regional cooperation towards the full denuclearization of North Korea.
North Korea launched its last liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missile on March 16.
Pyongyang has conducted about 100 missile tests since the beginning of 2022.