North Korea tests missile as South Korea prepares to launch new submarine.

A Missile being Launched from a Train in North Korea.A Missile being Launched from a Train in North Korea.
North Korea has fired a projectile presumed to be a short-range missile into waters off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula, according to statements from South Korean officials just hours before Seoul was due to launch a new submarine.
The missile was fired around 6:40 a.m. local time Tuesday, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, adding the South Korean military is maintaining a readiness posture for potential additional launches.
In a briefing Tuesday, South Korea’s Defense Ministry’s spokesman Boo Seung-chan said Pyongyang’s test was “regrettable for happening at a time when political stability on the Korean peninsula is very critical.”
The US military’s Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii said it was consulting with allies and partners about the North Korean test.
They however assessed and found out that this event does not pose an immediate threat to US personnel or territory, or to our allies, the missile launch highlights the destabilizing impact of (North Korea’s) illicit weapons program.
Pyongyang is barred from testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons under international law. Previous such tests have been met with international opprobrium and sanctions from the United Nations Security Council.
The news of Tuesday’s test came just before North Korean representative Kim Song addressed the UN General Assembly in New York, where he lamented the divide between North and South Korea, and criticized the US presence in the region.
Inter-Korean relations have never come out of the shadow of US interference and obstruction, despite on the contrary, the US (Washington) is having a very close relationship with Seoul.
The missile test is North Korea’s third this month. On September 11 and 12, Pyongyang said it  tested a long range Cruise missile.
Then on September 16, both North and South Korea tested ballistic missiles ratcheting up tensions exponentially in what was already one of the most volatile regions on the planet.
Top North Korean Official Kim Yo Jong sister of leader  Kim Jong Un said last week that North Korea wanted to repair inter-Korean relations and floated the possibility of reinstalling the joint liaison office, which North Korea destroyed last June.
South Korea’s Unification Ministry welcomed Kim’s message about the possibility of holding constructive discussions as meaningful as possible. However, the presidential Blue House did not make an official response.
North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or DPRK) is the only country to have withdrawn from the  Treaty on the Noproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) to pursue a  nuclear weapons program, and possesses an increasingly sophisticated nuclear arsenal.
The DPRK remains outside of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and has repeatedly violated the international norm against nuclear testing by conducting tests in 2006, 2009, 2013, two tests in 2016, and a test in 2017. North Korea claimed its sixth nuclear test, in September 2017, was of a thermonuclear device. The United Nations Security Council has passed numerous resolutions condemning North Korea’s nuclear activities, and has imposed increasingly harsh  sanctions on the North Korean military and economy.
International efforts to negotiate an end to North Korea’s nuclear program, which had been stalled since the discontinuation of the Six Party Talks in 2009, were rekindled in early 2018. A diplomatic thaw on the Korean Peninsula led to direct talks between the heads of state of the two Koreas, Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, on 27 April 2018, followed by the 12 June 2018 summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the Former U.S President Donald Trump in Singapore.
Although North Korea affirmed its commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula at both summits, there has been little tangible progress towards denuclearization.
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