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▲The Korean military judged that North Korea launched an intercontinental missile and flew 1,000 kilometers

According to news from the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (Joint Staff) on the 18th, the South Korean military detected an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched by North Korea from the Pyongyang Sunan area to the eastern sea at about 10:15 a.m. that day. The missile has a flying distance of about 1,000 kilometers, a shooting height of about 6,100 kilometers, and a flying speed of about Mach 22. Chairman of the United Nations Senate Kim Seung-kyeom held a meeting with South Korea-US Joint Forces Command Commander Paul LaCamera immediately after the DPRK fired a bullet to share the relevant situation, and reiterated that it will maintain a solid joint defense state to deal with any form of threats and provocations from the DPRK.

▲Yin Xiyue asked all departments to respond strongly to North Korea's launch of intercontinental missiles

According to the news released by the President’s Office of South Korea on the 18th, President Yoon Seok-yue attended the meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Security Council (NSC) on the same day, and asked the relevant departments to strengthen the implementation of extended deterrence against North Korea regarding North Korea’s launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), and strive for the international community to increase Sanctions against North Korea. Yin Xiyue instructed various departments to strengthen the joint defense status of South Korea and the United States, actively implement the plan to strengthen the ability to implement extended deterrence against North Korea, and work with the international community to prepare strong condemnation and sanctions against North Korea.

▲ Hanxi leaders agreed to promote future strategic industrial cooperation

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yue held talks with visiting Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at the Yongsan Presidential Palace on the 18th, and after the meeting they jointly met with reporters to introduce the results of the talks. Yin Xiyue said at the press conference that the two sides agreed to further deepen cooperation in future strategic industries such as power batteries and renewable energy. The two sides welcomed the expansion of the scope of mutual investment between enterprises of the two countries to future strategic industries such as power batteries and renewable energy, and agreed to actively provide the necessary support at the government level.

▲Kim Jong-un has not shown up for nearly a month, attracting the attention of all parties

Kim Jong-un, chairman of the North Korean State Affairs Commission, has not appeared in public for nearly a month, which has aroused concern. Comprehensive North Korean media reported on the 18th that since Kim Jong-un visited the Workers’ Party Central Cadre School on the 17th of last month to deliver a speech, he has not appeared in public for a month. Some views speculate that under the ever-changing international situation such as the results of the US mid-term elections, US-China relations, and the Russia-Ukraine war, Kim Jong-un may be watching the international situation and seeking the direction of future foreign policy. (Finish)

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