Two ballistic missiles from N Korea are fired off the east coast of Korea, S Korea declares
Four days after North Korea’s and South Korea’s warning shots were fired off the west coast, missile launches took place.
According to South Korea, and the national media, North Korea fired two ballistic missiles at the short-range off its east coast.
“They stated that it detected the launches coming from the Tongchon region in Kangwon Province.”
The Joint Chiefs stated that South Korea’s military “maintaining an entire readiness posture in close collaboration with the United States,” in a text message to them.
The Tongchon launch location is approximately 60 km (37 mi) from the inter-Korean boundary. This area was more close to South Korean territory than any other launch site North Korea used this year.
The missiles were launched on Friday at 11:59 AM and 12:18 PM local time (01:59 GMT or 02:18 GMT). They flew approximately 230 km (140 mi) at an altitude of 24 km (15 miles) and reached Mach 5 speeds, the Joint Chiefs stated.
The chiefs stated that the North’s missile launches were acts of provocation and undermine peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula as well as in the international community.
Friday’s launch also occurs on the last day of South Korea’s 12-day “Hoguk” military exercises. This exercise also included an unknown number of US troops.
The US and South Korean forces will also be staging major air drills next week, called “Vigilant Storm”.
These military drills are a source of anger for Pyongyang. It regards them as preparations for invasion, and therefore justifies the flurry of missile launches as “countermeasures”.
Washington and Seoul have warned Pyongyang that they could test an atomic bomb for the first time since 2017. This comes after a series of missile launches.
Leader Kim Jong Un made tactical nukes, smaller, more battlefield-ready weapons, a priority. Seoul warned North Korea that it could be preparing for multiple nuclear tests in this drive.
Yoon Suk-you, South Korean President, stated Tuesday that North Korea was ready to conduct another nuclear attack, which would be it’s seventh.
He said Tuesday that it appeared they had already finished preparations for a seventh nuke test, during a budget speech.
The United States, South Korea, and Japan warned Wednesday that an “unparalleled response” would be required if North Korea develops a nuclear weapon.
In a short statement, the US Indo-Pacific Command stated that North Korea’s missile launch was illegal and that the US commitment was to defend South Korea and Japan.
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