Seoul, South Korea ( Associated Press) — North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea on Friday in its first test of such weapons in two weeks, and the US military warned Pyongyang against the “use of nuclear weapons”. The spell of the end will be “that reign.”
South Korean forces detected two launches from the Tongchon area on North Korea’s east coast around noon on Friday, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, with both projectiles hitting a maximum altitude of about 230 kilometers (140 mi). traveled. 24 km (15 mi).
Seoul strongly condemned the launch, calling it “a serious provocation” that undermines regional peace and violates UN Security Council resolutions banning any missile activity from the north, the note explained. . He said Seoul’s military had increased surveillance on its neighboring country.
According to the Indo-Pacific Command of US troops, the launches did not pose an immediate threat to the country or its allies, but highlighted the “destructive effects” of the North’s illegal nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
For its part, Japan’s defense ministry said it had also traced the launches and was analyzing what type of projectile was used, as well as data about the flight.
The back-to-back launches coincided with the final day of “Hoguk”, North Korea’s first ballistic missile since October 14, an annual 12-day South Korean military exercise that this time involved an unspecified number of US troops. Next week, the air forces of Seoul and Washington are scheduled to conduct large-scale exercises.
North Korea considers these routine maneuvers of its southern neighbor alongside tests by the United States to launch attacks against the country, although the Allies confirm that their exercises are defensive in nature.
Since late September, the North has launched a barrage of missiles into the sea as part of a mock test of strategic nuclear weapon systems designed to strike South Korean and American targets. Pyongyang says its tests seek to send a warning ahead of joint exercises of its rivals, but some experts believe it has taken advantage of the situation to test new weapons, strengthen its nuclear capability and work with Washington. To increase your negotiating benefits for future contacts. Seoul.
Tongchon, the site from where the projectiles were fired on Friday, is about 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the inter-Korean border. The region is clearly closer to the south than any other launch site the North has used so far this year.
South Korea and the United States have issued stern warnings to the secretive nation against their pre-use of nuclear weapons.
The Pentagon’s National Defense Strategy Report, released Thursday, said any nuclear attack by North Korea against the United States or its allies and partners would “put an end to that regime.”
“There is no scenario in which the Kim regime could use nuclear weapons and survive,” the report said. The Pentagon said it would continue to deter Pyongyang attacks through a “forward posture” that includes nuclear deterrence, integrated air and missile defense, and closer coordination and interoperability with the South.
There are concerns that the North could escalate tensions in the coming weeks by conducting its first nuclear test since 2017.