North Korea fires multiple ballistic missiles after US-Japan-South Korea drills

The Associated Press quoted Japanese Defense Ministry officials as saying they were analyzing North Korea’s latest missile launch.

According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, many of the missiles fired from North Korea are believed to have landed in the Sea of ​​Japan, outside Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported that North Korea fired short-range ballistic missiles from the Pyongyang capital area.

North Korea fires many ballistic missiles after the US, Japan and South Korea exercise - Photo 1.

A North Korean missile launch is shown on a screen at Seoul Railway Station in South Korea on September 29. Photo: AP

Earlier, on September 28, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff also detected a ballistic missile launch by North Korea but did not give more details, such as when, where the missile was fired. How far can you go and fly? The move comes a day before US Vice President Kamala Harris’s visit to South Korea.

During a visit to the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, Harris warned North Korea not to escalate tensions and urged leader Kim Jong-un to resume stalled denuclearization talks.

Since the start of the year, North Korea has conducted more than 20 missile launches, a record number, while refusing to continue nuclear negotiations with the United States.

The AP says North Korea has ramped up its weapons tests in 2022 – more than 30 ballistic weapons, including its first intercontinental ballistic missile since 2017.

Pyongyang is said to be working on miniaturizing warheads for potential tactical strikes and building missiles capable of delivering warheads to the US mainland, while promoting missile launches from ships. implicit. South Korean officials recently said that North Korea appears to be preparing to test a submarine-launched missile.

Pham Nghia

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