Japan claimed that more than one missile was fired. However, it didn’t immediately state how many.
On November 3, North Korea continued its barrage weapons tests, with Japan claiming that missiles were fired over its northern territory, and South Korea claiming it has detected at least two missiles directed toward its eastern waters.
These launches are the latest in a string of North Korean weapons tests in recent months, which has raised tensions in the area. These missiles were fired a day after Pyongyang had fired 20 missiles in one day, the highest number of missiles ever fired.
South Korea announced a North Korean launch on Thursday. It said it had detected at least one North Korean missile launch towards its eastern sea. Later, the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea announced that it had detected another missile launch towards its eastern waters.
Japan claimed that more than one missile had been fired, but it did not immediately give the number. According to Japan, the missiles were fired from its territory and landed in Pacific Ocean.
Residents in northern prefectures of Yamagata, Miyagi and Niigata were warned by the Prime Minister’s Office. They were instructed to stay underground or inside buildings. No reports have been received of injuries or damage in the areas where the alerts were sent.
Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff couldn’t immediately confirm the type of missiles detected or their distance.
One of the 20 missiles North Korea fired Wednesday flew towards a South Korean island. It landed close to the rivals’ sea border. This triggered air raid sirens, prompting residents of Ulleung island evacuation. South Korea responded quickly by launching its missiles at the border.
These launches were made hours after North Korea threatened to use nukes to force the U.S. to pay “the most terrible price in history” for protesting ongoing South Korean-U.S. drills it considers a rehearsal for an invasion.
In October, North Korea flew a missile above Japan as a test of its new intermediate-range missile. Experts believe it could be capable of reaching Guam (a key U.S. military base in the Pacific). The Japanese government issued evacuation warnings and stopped trains following the launch.
North Korea has increased its weapon demonstrations at an unprecedented rate this year. As it uses the distraction of Russia’s war with Ukraine and a pause of diplomacy, North Korea has fired dozens upon dozens of missiles.
The North has commenced its nuclear tests by deploying an escalatory nuclear doctrine, which authorizes nuclear attack preemptively in a range of crisis situations. Officials from the U.S., South Korea and Japan believe that North Korea will up the ante with the first nuclear test device detonated since September 2017.
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