North Korea launches 'unidentified aircraft' this year
[Global Times Comprehensive Report] The South Korean military said on the 2nd that North Korea fired two "unidentified aircraft" into the eastern waters of the Korean Peninsula on the same day. This is the first time that North Korea has launched an aircraft this year, and the launch time has attracted attention.
According to the Yonhap News Agency on the 2nd, the Korean Joint Staff Headquarters stated that North Korea fired two "unidentified aircraft" from the area of Wonsan, Gangwon-do, to the eastern waters of the Korean Peninsula on the afternoon of 2nd, with a flight distance of more than 230 kilometers, which may be a new type of rocket launcher or a tactical ground Ground Missile. The South Korean military is conducting accurate data analysis of aircraft types and flight altitudes. Zheng Yirong, the head of the National Security Office of South Korea ’s Cheongwadae, convened an emergency meeting on Monday afternoon to discuss related issues.
US "New York Times" reported on the 2nd that South Korean military officials said that North Korea's launch activities on Monday appeared to be part of the country's military exercises that began on Friday. At this time a year ago, North Korea's top leader Kim Jong Un and US President Trump held a summit in Vietnam, but ended up unhappy. Professor Lee Leif of South Korea's Ewha Womans University said that the United States will usher in the "Super Tuesday" of the presidential election on the 3rd, and the South Korean parliamentary election will be held on April 15th. North Korea launches an aircraft at this time, intending to show the outside world that Pyongyang will continue Increase military power as a bargaining chip.
The Yonhap news agency said the South Korean government expressed concern over the North Korean launch and the joint strike exercise in Wonsan, Gangwon-do, and believed that it would not help ease the military tension on the peninsula and urged North Korea to stop such activities immediately. Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian said on the 2nd that China calls on all parties concerned to show flexibility to each other, commit to solving problems through dialogue and negotiation, and make positive efforts to promote denuclearization of the peninsula and achieve lasting peace in the peninsula and the region. (Wang Xiaoxiong)