North Korea launched 8 short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan (called the East Sea in Korea) on Sunday, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement, while it continues to analyze the launch.
The South Korean military said the shots occurred between 9:08 a.m. and 9:43 a.m. local time (0:08 a.m. and 0:43 a.m. GMT). from the Sunan area, in the capital, Pyongyangaccording to the text.
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“While our military strengthens surveillance for possible new launches, it maintains a posture of full readiness while cooperating closely with the United States,” the JCS said.
South Korea’s National Security Council has called a meeting in response to the North Korean weapons test, the third since President Yoon Suk-yeol came to power on May 10.
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Today’s is the eighteenth weapons test of these characteristics carried out by Pyongyang, which has a record number of tests so far this year, and it comes after on May 25 he fired as a test what is believed to have been a intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and two short-range ballistic missiles.
That launch came just after US President Joe Biden concluded his first Asian tour in Japan, which also took him to South Korea, where the international agenda was focused on addressing Pyongyang’s weapons challenges.
The North Korean missile launches come at a time of particular tension between North Korea, its neighboring countries and also with the US, whose denuclearization negotiations with the regime have been stalled since 2019.
The South Korean and US governments have also been pointing to an imminent nuclear test by Pyongyang for weeks, which has already completed preparations for it.
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