The South Korean military detected the detonation from Tongrim to the West Sea. Pyongyang fired around thirty projectiles this week
A North Korean guard post is seen in this photo taken near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju, South Korea, November 4, 2022. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
North Korea fired four short-range ballistic missiles into the sea, the South Korean army said on Saturday, in a new launch that adds to the series carried out this week.
The South Korean military detected the launch “from Tongrim, North Pyongyang Province, to the West Sea between 11:32 a.m. and 11:59 a.m. today,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement, using another name to refer to the Yellow Sea.
The missiles flew some 130 kilometers at an altitude of 20 and a top speed of Mach 5 (five times the speed of sound), the JCS added.
North Korea has launched somethirty ballistic missiles this week. One of them fell into South Korean territorial waters.
< /p>People watch a TV broadcasting a news story about North Korea launching a ballistic missile off its eastern coast, in Seoul, South Korea, November 3, 2022. REUTERS/Heo Ran/File
The United States and South Korea consider that this volley of fire could culminate in a nuclear test by North Korea, the first since 2017.
On Friday, Washington and Seoul decided to extend joint military exercises by one day. A US B-1B strategic bomber will participate in the air maneuvers this Saturday, a South Korean Defense Ministry official told the AFP news agency.
United States and South Korea began the first large-scale air exercise in almost five years on Monday, for which more than 240 aircraft have been mobilized. These movements take place in a context in which it is feared that Kim Jong-un is going to carry out a nuclear test.
The South Korean authorities have mobilized some 80 fighters this Friday after detecting a large deployment of more than 180 aircraft of the North Korean Armed Forces in various parts of the country and after days of numerous launches of ballistic missiles.
< /p>A South Korean soldier stands guard at a checkpoint near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju, South Korea, November 4, 2022. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
North Korea justified its missile launches and accused the US of “irresponsible and reckless” acts
The North Korean Foreign Ministry North denounced this Friday “irresponsible and reckless” acts by the United States and called on Washington to “immediately stop” the combined aerial drills called 'Vigilant Storm'.
In this sense, he warned the Biden Administration that it must cease these military maneuvers “if it does not want a serious situation to occur that harms its own security interests,” according to the news agency KCNA.
The North Korean Foreign Ministry called the US actions “a serious usurpation of the security of a sovereign state and a shameless challenge to the international community's desire for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and the region.”
< /p>Miyagi Prefectural Government officials watch a TV news about North Korea launching ballistic missiles at the office in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo on November 3 2022. Mandatory Credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
“The United States ignored the demands of North Korea and the countries of the region (…) instead, it responded by organizing combined aerial exercises of aggression under the pretext of deterring and facing any provocation,” he said.
In this way, the “hysteria of US military confrontation” has come, according to Pyongyang, to “extend the training period, originally scheduled until the 4th of November”, as well as to “convene a meeting of the United Nations Security Council”, another action that has been described as “provocative”.
“The military exercises of the North Korean Armed Forces after the United States initiated the combined aerial drill 'Vigilant Storm', in collusion with its vassal forces, are a reaction and a warning of action in the face of hostile provocations, “he specified.< /p>
(With information from AFP, Europa Press and EFE)