North Korea launched at least two more short-range missiles on Thursday, following an alert for another long-range missile in Japan. The North Korean launches, more than 20, appear to be a response to cautious storm air maneuvers carried out by the forces of the United States and South Korea, which are scheduled for Friday, but which will be longer.
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“The Republic of Korea (the official name of South Korea) military detected a launch of a long-range ballistic missile (ICBM) from the Sunan area of Pyongyang at around 7:40 pm today, Thursday, November 3. 22:40 GMT on Wednesday) Towards the East Sea (the name given to the Sea of Japan in two Koreas),” the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement.
It also reported the detection of two “short-range ballistic missiles that were launched into the East Sea from the Gechon area of South Pyongan province at approximately 8:39 a.m. (23:39 GMT on Wednesday).”
The first of the missiles launched today activated the Japanese J-Alert system, which was issued around local time (22:46 GMT) in the prefectures of Niigata, Yamagata (both on the coast). Japan), and Miyagi (Northeast).
The Japanese Defense Minister, Yasukazu Hamada, indicated in media statements that the trajectory of that first missile indicated it would pass over the archipelago but that the projectile “disappeared from the radar” when it struck over the Sea of Japan. Gone and more are being analyzed.
Hamada said the missile reached an apparent apogee of about 2,000 km and flew about 750 km (before disappearing from radar), suggesting that it may be an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM). , as if flew over Japan last time. The week past October 4 or one of the Intercontinental Scope (ICBM).
The Japanese prime minister, Fumio Kishida, also described to the media as “unbearable” the latest string of launches from North Korea, which fired about twenty projectiles the day before, a record number for the Kim Jong-un regime. one in a day.
Yesterday one of the projectiles fired by Pyongyang crashed into the waters just 57 kilometers off the South Korean east coast, marking the first time in history that a North Korean missile crosses a maritime boundary and falls next to the neighboring country’s territory. .
Seoul, in turn, responded by firing three air-to-surface missiles into the waters along the north coast, something unprecedented, further adding to the tensions already being felt in the region for weeks.
The North Korean launches appear to be a response to massive air exercises that Seoul and Washington are conducting in the region as of Friday.
In response, alert storm aerial maneuvers are prolonged
The armies of South Korea and the United States announced today that they will extend the duration of their major alert storm air maneuvers in response to more than 20 missiles launched by the North Korean regime over the past two days.
“The Air Force of the Republic of Korea (the official name of South Korea) and the United States have decided to extend the training period of the massive joint air exercise ‘Vigilant Storm’, which began on October 31 in relation to the recent and North Korea continued provocations,” in a statement from the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), without specifying the dates.
Pyongyang’s launches are in turn a response to these exercises, which were due to end tomorrow, Friday, and are the largest of their kind in five years, as they have involved the deployment of more than 200 aircraft, including fifth-generation stealth fighters. ,
The Southern Army statement assured that the two allies share the opinion “it is necessary to demonstrate a solid joint defense position” in the face of “the current security crisis, which is exacerbated by North Korea’s provocation”.
A spokesman for the South Korean Defense Ministry said in a message to the media that the two sides were “discussing details regarding the duration” of the extension of the exercise.