A missile launching into the sky with grey clouds below

“The recent repeated launch of missiles is outrageous, and we strongly condemn this.”

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida following the launch of North Korea's longest-ever weapons test, flying over the country of Japan, showing its ability to strike neighboring nations.

Published on

oct 4, 2022

Why It Matters: North Korea launched its "most provocative weapons demonstration this year" with a ballistic missile test over Japan, a U.S. ally, causing evacuations and disruptions; the ballistic missile could carry a nuclear warhead. North Korea is a U.S. designated state sponsor of terrorism and has nuclear weapons. The U.S. condemned the launch.

Important Context: Ballistic and nuclear weapons tests are usually prohibited by the UN (unless otherwise approved with notice). Most countries avoid it altogether because it can "be mistaken for an attack." North Korea refuses nuclear diplomacy with the U.S.; they have fired an unprecedented number of missiles this year at about 40 tests so far.

North Korea sends missile soaring over Japan in escalation (The Associated Press)

North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan, prompting evacuation order (The Washington Post)

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