Modified versions of the Scud missiles can have a range of 1,000km

Corea del Norte lanza su tercer misil de prueba en tres semanas (Español/English)

La agencia Coreana de Noticias confirmó el lanzamiento
La agencia Coreana de Noticias confirmó el lanzamiento

Corea del Norte lanzó un misil balístico de corto alcance, la tercera prueba aparentemente exitosa en tres semanas.

El misil Scud voló alrededor de 450 kilómetros antes de caer en el mar de Japón.

Este país presentó una protesta contra este último lanzamiento, ya que según dijo, cayó en su zona económica exclusiva.

Corea del Norte tiene una gran reserva de misiles Scud de corto alcance desarrollados por la Unión Soviética. Las versiones modificadas de estas armas pueden tener un alcance de 1.000 km.

El régimen de Kim Jong-un ha desafiado repetidamente una resolución de la ONU que prohíbe toda actividad nuclear y de misiles.

La región lleva confirmadas 3 pruebas de misiles de largo alcane
La región lleva confirmadas 3 pruebas de misiles de largo alcane

Los dos lanzamientos anteriores fueron de misiles de mediano a largo alcance.

El primero fue descrito por Pyongyang como un nuevo tipo de cohete capaz de transportar una ojiva nuclear. Fue la demostración del arma de mayor alcance hasta ahora.

Pyongyang ha estado probando sus misiles a un ritmo sin precedentes y los expertos creen que está avanzando en el desarrollo de un misil balístico intercontinental capaz de llegar a Estados Unidos.

Corea del Norte dice que su programa de armas es necesario para contrarrestar la agresión estadounidense.  (BBC Mundo)

The Scud flew about 450km (280 miles) before landing in Japanese waters
The Scud flew about 450km (280 miles) before landing in Japanese waters

English

N Korea fires Scud missile into sea, its third test in three weeks

North Korea has fired a short-range ballistic missile, its third missile test in as many weeks.

The Scud flew about 450km (280 miles) before landing in Japanese waters, prompting Japan to lodge a protest.

Pyongyang has repeatedly defied a UN resolution banning all nuclear and missile activity, and has ramped up the pace of its tests in recent months.

Modified versions of the Scud missiles can have a range of 1,000km
Modified versions of the Scud missiles can have a range of 1,000km

Seoul and Tokyo both condemned the launch. Japan’s leader said Pyongyang’s provocations would not be tolerated.

“As we agreed at the recent G7, the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the international community,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. “Working with the United States, we will take specific action to deter North Korea.”

In South Korea, President Moon Jae-in, who took office earlier this month, summoned the national security council to discuss the launch.

The US Pacific Command said the missile was launched from Wonsan in North Korea and flew for about six minutes before landing.

Japan’s top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters that the missile landed in an area between Japan’s Sado and Oki islands, in the country’s exclusive economic zone.

A spokesman for South Korea’s military said the missile reached an altitude of 120km. “An analysis is under way on the specific number” of missiles fired, the spokesman said, indicating that more than one could have been launched.

North Korea has a large stockpile of short-range Scud missiles developed by the Soviet Union. Modified versions of the Scud missiles can have a range of 1,000km.

The other two recent launches were of medium to long-range missiles, both of which the North claimed as “successful” tests.

The first of those launches was hailed by Pyongyang as a new type of rocket capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. It said it was a demonstration of the North’s longest-range nuclear-capable weapon yet.  (BBCNews)

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