North Korea. Pyongyang fired missiles again. Increased provocation during US and South Korean exercises
North Korea launched four short-range ballistic missiles on Saturday. They flew 130 kilometers at an altitude of about 20 kilometers, the South Korean military command said.
USA and South Korea conduct Vigilant Storm maneuvers – the largest joint aviation exercise in history. Hundreds of military aircraft take part in them, including F-35 fighters. The maneuver was originally scheduled to end on Friday, but was extended to Saturday, “in response to North Korea’s constant provocations.”
Pyongyang intensified missile tests
Pyongyang’s missile tests have intensified in recent days. Thursday North Korea has launched several missilesincluding possibly a Hwasong-17 ICBM and two short-range ballistic missiles. On Saturday, four short-range ballistic missiles were launched, which flew 130 kilometers at an altitude of about 20 kilometers.
Thursday’s trial was Pyongyang’s seventh ICBM test this year and the first since May.
The day before, North Korea launched a total of 23 ballistic missiles, one of which fell just 57 kilometers off the South Korean coast. It was the first such case since the Korean War, which ended in 1953.
South Korean President Jun Suk Jeol condemned this as “a de facto violation of the territory” of his country.
Main photo source: PAP / EPA / JEON HEON-KYUN
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