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NEWS | Nov. 22, 2023

USINDOPACOM Statement on DPRK Launch

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Public Affairs

We are aware of the DPRK’s Nov. 21 launch of a space launch vehicle (SLV) and Nov. 22 Short Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM) launch and are consulting closely with the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan, as well as other regional allies and partners.  The United States condemns these launches, which involved ballistic missile technology. The United States calls on the DPRK to refrain from any further destabilizing acts. We have assessed that these events did not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel, territory, or that of our allies, but in anticipation of these launches, the ROK, Japan, and the U.S. trilaterally pre-coordinated the position of ballistic missile defense ships to ensure protection of their respective nations.