South Korea claims that North Korea launched a ballistic missile toward its eastern waters.
North Korea launched a short-range missile toward its eastern waters on October 14. It also flew warplanes close to South Korea’s border, further escalating animosities caused by North Korea’s recent weapons testing.
South Korea’s military said that it also detected North Korea firing approximately 170 rounds from the eastern and western coasts near the border. The shells were found within the maritime buffer zones, which the two countries established under a 2018 military accord on reducing tensions.
According to North Korea’s actions, it will continue its provocative weapons testing in order to increase its nuclear capabilities. Experts believe that North Korea will eventually seek to have the United States and other countries recognize it as a nuclear-state, lifting economic sanctions and making others concessions.
Although none of the North Korean artillery rounds fell within South Korean territorial waters the Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the firings were a clear violation of 2018 agreement which established buffer zones along sea and land borders and no-fly zones at the border to avoid clashes.
Friday’s missile launch by North Korea extended the record number of missile displays this year. It exploits the distraction caused by Russia’s war against Ukraine to increase its arms development, and pressure Washington and its Asian allies.
South Korea imposed unilateral sanctions against North Korea Friday in response to North Korea’s increasing testing activities and hostility. It targeted 15 North Korean individuals as well as 16 organizations that were suspected of being involved in illicit activities to fund North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs.
Yasukazu Hayada, Japanese Defense Minister, stated that the missile flew in an “irregular trajectory” — possibly referring to North Korea’s highly maneuverable KN23 weapon, which is modeled after Russia’s Iskander missile.
Mr. Hamada stated that “Regardless of the intentions, North Korea’s repeated missile launches are absolutely unacceptable and we cannot overlook their substantial advancement in missile technology.” “North Korea’s actions are unacceptable and a threat to Japan and the region.
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