Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations on Wednesday, Oct. 20, condemned North Korea’s launch of missiles on Tuesday. Missiles appear to have been launched from a submarine in the Sea of Japan, known in Korea as the East Sea. They landed in the ocean.
“The United States and many other Council Members have condemned the launch, which violated multiple Security Council resolutions,” the ambassador said according to The Hill.
“We have offered to meet the DPRK officials, without any preconditions, and we have made clear that we hold no hostile intent toward the DPRK. This does not serve the people of North Korea,” Thomas-Greenfield assured.
In her statements, the ambassador assured that the Biden administration’s approach is to seek peaceful dialogue and diplomatic solutions, affirming that the United States is willing to work closely with the international community to reduce tensions and maintain peace and stability in the region.
She also harshly warned the Korean communist regime, “Our position remains clear: the DPRK must abide by the Security Council resolutions, and it is time to engage in sustained and substantive dialogue toward the goal of complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
“We should not look at this most recent launch in isolation. It is the latest in a series of reckless provocations,” the diplomat added.
According to Daily Mail, the launch took place at 10:17 a.m. local near Sinpo, North Korea’s main submarine-building shipyard.
South Korean military intelligence claims that two “ballistic missiles” were launched, flying 280 miles at a maximum altitude of 40 miles before crashing into the East Sea.
South Korean intelligence failed to confirm that the missiles were indeed launched from a submarine. Still, the proximity to the shipyard, where submarines are manufactured, could imply that for the first time, the Korean regime successfully launched missiles from the sea, which is considered a vital military strategy when attacking and defending itself outside of land bases.
North Korea’s missile launch comes on top of the alleged supersonic nuclear missile launched by Beijing last week that passed through the atmosphere and re-entered to hit close to its target on earth.
The CCP denied it was a missile and claimed it was a spacecraft. Still, according to the United States, it is a highly advanced technology that can evade radar and conventional missile defense traveling within the atmosphere and hit a target virtually anywhere on the planet.
On Tuesday, Oct. 19, Russia staged a show of military power, simulating an invasion of Crimea, the disputed area with Ukraine. It deployed more than 40 warships, more than 30 military aircraft, and 20 helicopters.
At the same time, Russian and Chinese fleets crossed the Tsugaru Strait between mainland Japan and its northern island of Hokkaido, raising concerns among Japanese authorities.
Further south, this week, the new Western alliance, AUKUS (Australia, United Kingdom, and the United States), deployed warships across the Bay of Bengal. They were led by the Royal Navy’s new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.
With Russia closer to Beijing with whom they share enemies plus the tepid U.S. military response, the balance could tip in Beijing’s favor in the event of an armed conflict, should diplomatic channels fail.