No ICBM launch anniversary in North Korea’s 2022 calendars: Seoul official

SEOUL, Nov. 30 (Yonhap) – Unlike this year, North Korea’s new calendars for next year did not mark a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch date as an anniversary, a said an official from the Unification Ministry on Tuesday.

South Korea is monitoring North Korea’s activities after its 2021 calendars marked November 29 as the anniversary of rocket development for the first time. On the day of 2017, northern leader Kim Jong-un declared the completion of his country’s nuclear forces after firing a new ICBM, the Hwasong-15.

The North’s newly released calendars for next year, however, do not mark this day as such an anniversary, an official with the Seoul Unification Ministry said.

“We checked next year’s calendars and found no markings on the day,” the official told reporters in the background. “We will continue to monitor to see if there are any other related moves.”

Even after releasing the 2021 calendars with the anniversary of the rocket’s development marked, the North has been silent on the designation of the new anniversary.

Seoul officials said Monday they had detected no unusual North Korean military activity despite speculation Pyongyang could mark the day with a major celebratory event or show of force.

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