March 24, 2023

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North Korea fires short-range ballistic missile amid US military action in region – News

North Korea sees military action by the US and its neighbors as preparation for an invasion
via KCNA/Reuters

North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile on Sunday, the South Korean military said, in the fourth showdown by Pyongyang in a week as the United States and South Korea held joint military exercises.

South Korea and the United States have stepped up their security cooperation in the face of growing military and nuclear threats from Pyongyang, which has launched banned weapons tests in recent months.

Washington and Seoul are in the midst of the largest joint military exercise in five years, an 11-day exercise called Freedom Shield.

North Korea views the drills as preparations for an invasion and has warned of “extreme” retaliation.

Our military detected the launch of a short-range ballistic missile at 11:05 a.m. from the Dongchang-ri area in North Pyongan Province. [23h05 de sábado, no horário de Brasília]”Towards the Sea of ​​Japan,” South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

The missile had a range of 800 km and was being examined by US and South Korean intelligence, the public officials said.

“Our military is fully prepared in terms of its ability to respond massively to North Korean provocations while conducting joint exercises and maneuvers,” he added.

Japan has also confirmed the launch

Japan’s Vice Defense Minister Toshiba Noh told reporters that his country expressed its “strong opposition and strong condemnation” to North Korea using its embassy in Baekhyun.

The US military’s Indo-Pacific Command condemned the launch, citing the “destabilizing impact” of Korea’s war program.

Hours after the launch, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said at least one BP-1BP long-range bomber took part in joint exercises with the United States.

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