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NEWS | Aug. 30, 2023

USINDOPACOM Statement on DPRK Launch

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Public Affairs

We are aware of the ballistic missile launch and are consulting closely with our allies and partners. While we have assessed that this event does not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory, or to our allies, the missile launch highlights the destabilizing impact of the DPRK’s illicit weapons program. The U.S. commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea and Japan remains ironclad.




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