North Korea launches missile towards sea after US-South Korea exercise

North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward its eastern waters on Sunday, the South Korean military said, the latest in the country. weapons test barrage In recent days. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the launch took place early on Sunday, but gave no further details on how far the weapon would have flown.

The Japanese government also said that North Korea fired a possible ballistic missile. The Japanese coast guard said it had warned ships around the country’s shores about falling objects and urged them to stay away.

The launch of North Korea’s sixth round of weapons tests in two weeks came hours after the United States and South Korea began a new round of naval exercises off the eastern coast of the Korean peninsula. An American aircraft carrier was involved in the exercise.

North Korea’s military warned on Saturday that the US re-deployment of the aircraft carrier near the Korean peninsula was creating a “very heavy negative splash” in regional security, as it called its recent missile tests a threat to military exercises among its rivals. Defended as a “righteous response”. ,

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The USS Ronald Reagan is escorted on arrival in Busan, South Korea on September 23, 2022.

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North Korea’s defense ministry statement came a day after the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan began naval exercises with South Korean warships. Reagan and his battle group returned to the area after North Korea fired a powerful missile at Japan earlier this week to counter the carrier group’s previous training with South Korea.

North Korea regards US-South Korean military exercises as an invasion rehearsal and is particularly sensitive if such exercises involve US strategic assets like an aircraft carrier. North Korea has argued that it was forced to pursue a nuclear weapons program to deal with US nuclear threats. US and South Korean officials have repeatedly said they have no intention of attacking the North.

In the past two weeks, North Korea has fired 10 ballistic missiles into the sea in five launch events, adding to the record-breaking pace of weapons tests this year. Recent weapons tests include a nuclear-capable missile that flew over Japan for the first time in five years and demonstrated a range to strike the US Pacific on Guam and beyond.

Earlier this year, North Korea tested other nuclear-capable ballistic missiles that keep the US mainland and its allies South Korea and Japan within striking distance.

North Korea’s testing spree indicates its leader Kim Jong Un has no intention of resuming diplomacy with the US and wants to focus on expanding its weapons arsenal. But some experts say that Kim will eventually use his advanced nuclear program to gain greater external concessions, such as the recognition of North Korea as a legitimate nuclear state, which Kim feels will exert a joint influence on his country. It is necessary to remove the restrictions of the nation.

Reagan Carrier Group’s latest training with the South Korean Navy is to end on Saturday.

South Korean officials recently said North Korea to test a new liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missile and submarine-launched ballistic missile while maintaining readiness to conduct its first underground nuclear test since 2017. ready too.

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