While it seemed that some countries, especially the United States, were not taking North Korea’s threat of war seriously, Pyongyang seemed unaffected as it continues with its decade-old rhetoric.
This week, the communist nation of North Korea reportedly declared war against the U.S., which the latter had not taken seriously. The U.S. is a known ally of South Korea, which is still at war with the North.
According to a report from CBS News, North Korea has staged another missile launch, and this time, it barely missed Japan.
Japan, along with the U.S., is a known ally of South Korea.
The report noted that the missile the North launched was 20-30 seconds away from hitting Japan. The report was confirmed by Euan Graham, British diplomat stationed in Pyongyang, which is considered the first missile launch from North Korea to ever hit Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
“It’s a clear case of walking right up to the line and just putting a nose over it,” said Graham, who described the recent move by the North as a provocative act. Military officials from the south likewise confirmed detecting two missile launches early morning Wednesday.
But China was quick to dismiss the reports, saying South Korea has misunderstood the actions of the North. China is one of the few allies of the globally isolated North Korea.
“South Korea is putting the cart before the horse in their pursuit of national security, as the key to security lies in good neighbourly and friendly relations with its neighbours, rather than a bunch of U.S.-made missiles,” a commentary published in the state-run new agency Xinhua reads, as quoted by the National Post.