On the 4th of May, North Korea has made a bold move by launching a long-range missile. This move has been met with a strong international reaction and has sparked a debate on how best to respond.
North Korea Makes a Bold Move
On the 4th of May, North Korea made a bold move by launching a long-range missile. According to South Korean military officials, the missile was launched from the Wonsan port in the east of the Korean peninsula and flew some 430 miles before landing in the Sea of Japan. This is the first missile launch of its kind since 2017 and the longest duration of flight since 2016. This move by North Korea has been seen as a show of strength and a challenge to the international community.
International Reactions Promise to be Strong
The international community has strongly condemned the launch and has promised to take strong action in response. The US, South Korea, Japan and the United Nations were amongst the first to respond. The US State Department has called on North Korea to “refrain from provocations” and has called for a “maximum pressure campaign” in order to change North Korea’s behavior. South Korea and Japan have also pledged to take strong action and have strongly condemned the launch. The United Nations has also called for North Korea to comply with its obligations under the UN Charter and has threatened to take further action if it continues to violate international law.
In the face of this bold move, the international community is debating how best to respond. So far, the strongest responses have come from the US and its allies. However, other countries, such as China and Russia, have also condemned the missile launch. There is a possibility that the UN may impose sanctions on North Korea in order to deter future provocations. However, it remains to be seen whether this will be possible given the current political landscape in the region.
North Korea’s missile launch has been met with strong international condemnation and the prospect of further sanctions. It remains to be seen what further action the international community will take in response to this bold move.