The Seoul Army will hold computer-simulated exercises until November 11, after the North's regime launched at least 30 missiles into the sea in less a week
South Korea began military exercises to hone its capabilities after Kim Jong-un's provocations. (REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji)
The South Korean Army began annual military exercises based on computer simulations on Monday, two days after conclude major air maneuvers with Washington to which North Korea responded by launching some thirty missiles, an unprecedented volume for the regime until now.
The Taegeuk maneuvers, a command post exercise that does not include deployments on The ground began this Monday and will be held until November 11, as confirmed in a press conference by the South Korean Joint Chiefs (JCS).
The exercise searches for “honing practical capabilities in real missions in the face of various challenges such as those posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile program and its recent provocations,” the JCS said in a statement at the time.
The simulation comes after the regime of Kim Jong-un launched some thirty missiles last week in response to the large air exercises carried out on the peninsula by Seoul and Washington, the largest of its kind in five years.
The South Korean and US armies were conducting military exercises (REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji)
Of all those missiles, one landed near the northeastern coast of South Korea on Wednesday, something that had never happened before, and North Korea said it fired shortly after “two other strategic cruise missiles” that crashed “in the open sea about 80 kilometers from the city of Ulsan”, in southeastern Korea of the South.
The JCS spokesman, Kim Jung-rak, assured in a press conference that the South Korean army “did not capture or detect anything” in relation to to those last two projectiles.
On Thursday, Pyongyang also launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that triggered anti-aircraft alerts in Japan and which both Seoul and Tokyo believe failed in flight.
The North Korean regime released images of missile tests carried out last week. (KCNA)
In that sense, North Korean media published a photo of the launch of what appears to be a modified version of the Hwasong-15 missile, the ICBM with the longest potential range that Kim Jong-un's regime has successfully tested to date.
In the text that accompanies these images, the North Korean General Staff assured that in the event that Seoul and Washington insist in continuing to carry out large maneuvers, the North Korean army will respond in a “more rigorous and merciless” manner.
The tension on the Korean peninsula is reaching unprecedented levels due to the repeated tests of North Korean weapons , the maneuvers of the allies and the possibility that, as indicated by satellites, the Kim Jong-un regime is ready to carry out its first nuclear test since 2017.
(With information from EFE)