North Korea launches missiles and shells, tensions escalate

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired ballistic missiles and 170 rounds of artillery into the sea early Friday and flew fighter jets over the tense South Korean border, further escalating the hostility sparked by North Korea’s recent weapons test offensive. In a statement, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, “In a statement, the Joint Chiefs of Staff revealed in a statement that North Korea had taken off short-range missiles from the metropolitan area.” It flew over the East Sea at 1:49 a.m. Friday (12:49 p.m. EDT on Thursday GMT). It was the 15th missile launch since North Korea resumed testing activities on September 25. The tests were simulations of nuclear attacks on South Korean and American targets in response to “dangerous” military exercises involving US aircraft carriers. After the latest missile test, North Korea fired 130 shells from the west coast and 40 shells from the east coast. The shells fell within a maritime buffer zone between the two Koreas established under an agreement on easing tensions between the two Koreas in 2018, the South Korean military said. Observers said North Korea was the third and most direct violation of the 2018 agreement by creating buffer zones and no-fly zones along land and sea boundaries to prevent accidental clashes. “We have sent a message to North Korea not to violate the agreement again,” the Ministry of National Defense said. There were no reports of clashes between the two countries. It is said that it was the first time since 2017 that a North Korean military plane flew near the border. President Yun Seok-yeol said North Korea’s provocations are becoming ‘indiscriminate’, but North Korea has strong retaliatory powers that can actually deter North Korea. Rep. Yoon told reporters, “You cannot decide to attack without the determination to accept the brutal consequences.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “The last stage of our three-axis strategy, a strategy of massive punishment and retaliation, will be a significant psychological and social deterrent.” 16 organizations suspected of being involved in illegal activities to finance North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs. Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told reporters that he supports South Korea’s decision to impose sanctions on North Korea. Most of North Korea’s recent weapons tests have been ballistic missile launches banned by UN Security Council resolutions. However, North Korea has not imposed new sanctions because the United Nations is divided over the dispute between the United States and Russia over the invasion of Ukraine and the conflict with China over strategic competition. The missile launched on Friday flew 650-700 km. “This is a significant advance in missile technology before landing in the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan at a maximum altitude of 50 km (30 miles), according to South Korea-Japan assessments,” Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said. He said the missile flew in an “irregular” trajectory. This could be a possible reference to explain North Korea’s highly mobile KN-23 weapon, modeled on Russia’s Iskander missile. The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement that U.S. commitments to South Korea and Japan remain “iron armor”. to reach the US Pacific territory of Guam; The first ballistic missile launched from an inland reservoir in Korea. And long-range cruise missiles Following Wednesday’s cruise missile launches, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said the tests successfully demonstrated his military’s extended nuclear strike capabilities. According to North Korea’s state-run media, he said that his nuclear force was fully prepared for “a real war that could control the enemy with one blow,” and pledged to expand the operational scope of the nuclear force. Testing activities are temporarily halted this week in view of allied China, a major political meeting to give President Xi Jinping a party leader for a five-year term is set to begin on Sunday. North Korea’s continuing tests are reminiscent of the 2017 ferocious missile and nuclear tests that prompted Chairman Kim and then US President Donald Trump to exchange threats of total destruction. Kim then jumped into high-level nuclear diplomacy with Trump in 2018, but negotiations broke down a year later due to a debate over how much sanctions relief should be offered to Kim in exchange for partially relinquishing his nuclear capabilities. We have no intention of resuming nuclear diplomacy. But some experts say he will eventually want to gain international recognition as a nuclear power and hold arms control talks with the United States in exchange for broad sanctions relief and other concessions in return for partial denuclearization measures. Last month’s law authorizes the preemptive use of nuclear weapons in a wide range of scenarios, including non-war situations where leadership may perceive them to be threatened. Most of North Korea’s recent nuclear tests have been short-range nuclear missiles aimed at South Korea. Some analysts say the possibility of North Korea’s first nuclear test in five years may have something to do with its efforts to manufacture battlefield tactical warheads for these short-range missiles. North Korea announced that it had taken a ‘strong military response’ in response to the South’s shelling near the border on the morning of the 10th as a deterrent against North Korea’s reinforced nuclear threat. The South Korean military later confirmed that it had conducted artillery exercises on the front lines, but said the exercises did not violate the terms of the 2018 agreement. The major generation’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, Kang Ho-pil, said in a broadcast on the same day, “We have issued a stern warning to (North Korea) to immediately stop testing weapons.” He said South Korea has the ability to ‘overwhelm’ any provocation from North Korea. An unspecified number of U.S. troops are expected to participate in this year’s exercise——contributed by Tokyo-based reporter Mari Yamaguchi.
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