Response to North Korea: US and South Korea fire missiles

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Response to North Korea – US and South Korea fire missiles

US and South Korea launch missiles in response to North Korean test

The threat situation on the Korean peninsula is mounting: After North Korea’s first missile test over Japan in five years, South Korea and the US have now responded by launching missiles. Experts expect further escalation.

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After North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan, South Korea and the US flexed their military muscles. The Allies responded with a volley of rockets into the sea. However, there was an outage on the South Korean side.

AIn response to a North Korean missile flying over Japan, the US and South Korea have launched several missiles into the sea. As both countries’ chiefs of staff announced Wednesday, South Korea and the US each fired two surface-to-surface missiles at a “virtual target” in the sea off South Korea’s coast during joint maneuvers.

The purpose of the joint exercises is to “ensure military capabilities are ready” to respond to potential “provocations” by North Korea, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told CNN.

However, a South Korean missile malfunctioned and crashed shortly after launch. Authorities say the rocket hit the ground and started a fire. Images circulating online, which could not be independently verified, showed a ball of orange flames in an area reportedly near an air base near Gangneung on South Korea’s east coast.

Frightened citizens have turned to city officials, a city hall official told AFP.

This photo, provided by the South Korean Ministry of Defense, shows one of the missiles being launched

Source: AFP/HANDOUT

North Korea fired a missile over Japan for the first time in five years on Tuesday. The ballistic missile test sparked international outrage. The UN Security Council wanted to look into the situation on Wednesday.

The South Korean military also announced on Wednesday the return to the region of the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, which had already participated in exercises with the South Korean navy last month. Washington and Seoul are close allies. About 28,500 American soldiers are stationed in South Korea.

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A TV station in South Korea shows images of the latest North Korean missile test

North Korea has fired four ballistic missiles in recent days and has conducted a record number of missile tests since the beginning of the year. South Korea and the United States fear that North Korea may again conduct a nuclear weapons test for the first time since 2017. The largely isolated country has tested nuclear weapons six times since 2006, most recently in 2017. According to diplomats, Pyongyang has not yet managed to combine its atomic bombs and ballistic missiles into a unified system.

In September, North Korea enacted legislation for a preemptive nuclear strike. At the same time, ruler Kim Jong Un classified the country’s status as a nuclear power as “irreversible”. In doing so, Pyongyang ruled out the possibility of talks about denuclearization.

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