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Remains of a North Korean missile salvaged in South Korean waters that were identified as parts of a Soviet-era SA-5 surface-to-air missile at the Ministry of Defense in Seoul, Korea Korea (Yonhap via REUTERS)
South Koreaannounced on Wednesday that it recovered the remains of a missile launched byNorth Korea that crossed the de facto maritime border between the two countries.
On that day, the On November 2, Pyongyang launched more than 20 missiles, including a short-range missile that crossed the disputed sea border and triggered an anti-aircraft alarm on a South Korean island.
The missile fell in an area between 1,500 and 2,000 meters deep (Yonhap via REUTERS)
The Seoul army said then that it was “ the first time” since the division of the peninsula that a North Korean missile fell in its territorial waters.
Shortly after, the South Korean authorities sent a ship to recover the missile, which fell in an area between 1,500 and 2,000 meters deep, according to the specialized website NK News.
Remains of a North Korean missile salvaged in South Korean waters that were identified as parts of a Soviet-era SA-5 surface-to-air missile at the Ministry of Defense in Seoul, Korea from the south. November 9, 2022. Yonhap via REUTERS
Analysis of a three-meter-long piece showed it to be one of the SA-5 surface-to-air missilesNorth Korean missiles, a Soviet-era anti-aircraft weapon dating back to the 1960s. The Russian military used similar projectiles in ground attacks during its invasion of Ukraine, the South Korean Defense Ministry said.
A detail of the North Korean missile (Yonhap via REUTERS)
“The SA-5 is a missile that can also be used as a surface-to-surface missile ”, indicated the Ministry. “Russia recently used a surface-to-air missile as a surface-to-surface missile in the Ukraine war,” he added.
The announcement comes a day after Pyongyang denied US allegations that it would besecretly supplying war material to Moscowfor the war in Ukraine.
New missile launch
The finding also comes on the same day that North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into its eastern waters on Wednesday, in an expansion of its recent weapons tests that included what it described as strikes. simulated against South Korean and US targets last week.
According to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, the projectile was fired from the western town of Sukchon, north of the capital, Pyongyang, and flew over the country into waters off the eastern coast.
North Korea's recent missile tests are shown in this undated combination photo taken at undisclosed locations and released on November 7, 2022 by the Central News Agency of North Korea (KCNA). (KCNA via REUTERS)
The South Korean and Japanese militaries said the missile traveled between 250 and 290 kilometers at a maximum altitude of 30 to 50 kilometers. The relatively low trajectory appeared to be consistent with the flight characteristics of some of North Korea's new short-range weapons designed to evade missile defenses.
Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada, said the projectile fell outside the country's exclusive economic sea zone and noted that the North Korean intensified tests had “significantly increased” regional tensions. Tokyo lodged a protest against Pyongyang through its embassies in Beijing.
Seoul's nuclear envoy, Kim Gunn, held separate phone conversations with his US counterparts and Japanese to discuss trilateral cooperation to counter the growing nuclear threat and increased North Korean weapons tests, the South's Foreign Ministry said.
South Korean officials say the North could try further ramp up the pressure by carrying out its first nuclear test since 2017 in the coming weeks.
Wednesday's incident comes after the North fired dozens of missiles last week coinciding with the massive joint air exercises in Seoul and Washington which, according to Pyongyang, are an invasion rehearsal.
(With AFP information)