The Biden administration condemned North Korea’s test-firing of a new intercontinental ballistic missile Thursday as President Biden gathers with world leaders at the G7 summit in Brussels.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki urged the world to hold Pyongyang responsible for breaching UN Security Council resolutions and for making a move that “needlessly raises tensions and risks destabilizing the security situation in the region.”
The suspected ICBM flew to an altitude of 3,728 miles and to a distance of 671 miles with a flight time of 71 minutes before landing in waters off Japan’s western coast on Thursday, according to Japan’s Defense Ministry.
North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, may be using the missile amid the Russia-Ukraine war as a show of strength.
South Korea’s newly elected conservative President Yoon Suk Yeol is expected to take a stronger stance against North Korea.
“Our military is monitoring North Korean military’s movements and have confirmed that we have the capability and posture to accurately strike the origin location of the missile launch and command and support facilities any time North Korea launches a missile,” South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters Thursday.