Response to North Korea – US and South Korea fire missiles
After North Korea launches a ballistic missile over Japan, South Korea and the US are flexing their military muscles. The Allies responded with a volley of rockets into the sea. However, there is a glitch on the South Korean side.
Nafter North Korea’s recent missile test, the US and South Korea launched several missiles into the sea in response. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday, citing the South Korean military, that four surface-to-surface missiles had been launched into the sea off the east coast of Korea.
The missiles were in response to North Korea launching a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday. The United States and South Korea each fired two Atacms short-range missiles into the sea “to hit exactly a virtual target,” the statement said. However, one of the South Korean missiles crashed shortly after launch, but no casualties were reported, according to the information.
The first launch of a North Korean intermediate-range missile over Japan since 2017 sparked international outrage. According to Seoul, the missile has traveled about 4,500 kilometers, which could set a new record for North Korea.
The government in Tokyo had called on its citizens in two northern regions to seek shelter in buildings or basements. The US and Japan said the North Korean missile launch not only posed a threat to the Japanese people but also “destabilized the region”. US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida condemned the test “in the strongest terms” in a joint statement. UN Secretary-General António Guterres also spoke of a “clear escalation”.
The United States and South Korea had already held a military exercise on Tuesday in which satellite-guided precision bombs were fired at a virtual target in the West Sea, the General Staff in Seoul said. The exercise used four South Korean F-15K fighter jets and US Air Force F-16 machines.
Washington and Seoul are close allies. About 28,500 American soldiers are stationed in South Korea.
North Korea has fired four ballistic missiles in recent days. 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 Asian country has tested nuclear weapons six times since 2006, most recently in 2017. However, diplomats say North Korea has not yet managed to combine its atomic bombs and ballistic missiles into a unified system.
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