the army of South Korea said on Thursday that North Korea fired at least two ballistic missile fires, one of which prompted calls to shelter on a South Korean island and in northern regions of Japan.
In separate communications separated by about an hour, the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea reported the launch of at least two unidentified ballistic missiles towards the sea of japan
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These shots occur a day after the communist country launched more than 20 projectilesone of which fell into South Korean territorial waters.
The Japanese government initially denounced that the first missile had flown over its territory and issued a special warning to residents of the northern regions to take refuge and not go out into the streets.
Nevertheless, the Ministry of Defense later rectified and pointed out that the projectile did not cross its territory, but was lost in the Sea of Japan stretching between the archipelago and the Korean peninsula.
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South Korean media reported that air raid sirens were activated on the eastern South Korean island of Ulleungdowhose residents were called on Wednesday to take refuge from a missile that de facto crossed the maritime border between the two Koreas.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said suspicions point to a medium or long-range missile.
Since the missile was “accompanied by evacuation advisories, this strongly suggests the launch of an intermediate-range missile or a full-range ICBM,” said Chad O’Carroll of the Seoul-based specialist website NK News.
“The second could be very concerning to some if it successfully reached a significant distance.”he added.
On October 4, North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan and prompted government evacuation alerts. It was the first time since 2017 that a North Korean projectile passed over the Japanese archipelago.
regimen Pyongyang it later said it was testing a “new type of intermediate-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile” and that, along with other tests, they were “tactical nuclear exercises” simulating an attack on Korea.
This series of launches coincides with the deployment of the largest aerial military maneuvers ever carried out by United States and South Koreawith hundreds of planes mobilized by both sides.
North Korea said they were “aggressive and provocative military exercises” against its country.
The country led by Kim Jong Un it multiplied its military tests this year, with a record number of tests, and recently changed its laws to declare its atomic arsenal “irreversible”, thus ruling out the possibility of negotiating denuclearization.
The United States and South Korea have been warning for months that Kim is preparing a new nuclear test, which would be the country’s first since 2017.
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