South Korea and the US launched test guided bombs in response to the intercontinental ballistic missile fired by Pyongyang

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The militaries of Seoul and Washington fired back from F-35 fighters, in addition to carrying out other combined air maneuvers over the Sea of ​​Japan

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South Korea and the US launched guided bombs test in response to intercontinental ballistic missile fired by Pyongyang

Two US Air Force B-1B heavy bombers (C), four South Korean Air Force F-35 fighter jets and four US Air Force F-16 fighter jets flying over Korea of the South during a joint air drill called "Watchful Storm" after a barrage of missile launches by North Korea. Handout/South Korean Ministry of Defense/AFP/File

The South Korean and US militaries responded today to the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched hours before by North Korea firing guided bombs on a test basis from F-35 fighters, in addition to carrying out other combined aerial maneuvers over the East Sea (as it is called the Sea of ​​Japan in the two Koreas).

South Korean fifth-generation fighter jets F-35A dropped GBU-12 laser-guided bombs on targets posing as North Korean mobile erection platforms (TELs) while four other F-35AsSouth Koreans and four US F-16s flew in combat formation over the Sea of ​​Japan, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement.

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The allied maneuvers come hours after Pyongyang launched an ICBM that traveled about 1,000 kilometers in about 69 minutes, reaching a peak of about 6,000, before falling into waters about 200 kilometers west of the northern Japanese coast.

It is about two operations that simulate pre-emptive attacks and even punishment operations against North Korean interests, in what is a harsh message for Pyongyang.

South Korea and the US launched guided bombs on a test basis in response to the intercontinental ballistic missile fired by Pyongyang

A man walks past a TV showing a news story about North Korea launching a ballistic missile off its eastern coast in Seoul, South Korea. November 17, 2022. REUTERS/Heo Ran

The allies “demonstrated their steadfast willingness to resolutely respond to any threat and provocation, including a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and their overwhelming ability and readiness to strike the enemy with precision,” the JCS added. .

Today's North Korean launch was conducted from the Sunan area, where the Pyongyang international airport is located, the place chosen by the regime to also launch ICBMs in February, March and on November 3, although two of these launches were unsuccessful.

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Today's launch is in addition to the thirty projectiles, a record number, that Pyongyang fired in early November in response to major air maneuvers by Seoul and Washington , including another ICBM -the one on the 3rd- that apparently failed and crashed prematurely in the waters of the Sea of ​​Japan.

Tension on the peninsula is reaching unprecedented heights due to repeated North Korean weapons tests , the maneuvers of the allies and the possibility that, as indicated by the satellites, the regime of Kim Jong-un is already ready to carry out its first nuclear test since 2017.

(With information from EFE)

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