North Korea fires ballistic missile at Sea of ​​Japan

Pyongyang continues its provocations. North Korea fired a ballistic missile towards the Sea of ​​Japan on Thursday, two days after launching a similar projectile over Japan, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported. North Korea fired “an unspecified ballistic missile toward the East Sea,” the Korean name for the Sea of ​​Japan, Yonhap wrote, citing the South Korean military.

The launches are “the Korean People’s Army’s just retaliation against the joint military maneuvers between South Korea and the United States that are causing an escalation of military tensions on the Korean Peninsula,” the ministry said in a statement.

Security Council meeting

The new shooting comes as the UN Security Council met in New York to discuss Tuesday’s shooting. According to Seoul and Tokyo, the North Korean missile traveled about 4,600 km, probably the longest distance Pyongyang has ever reached in its tests.

South Korea and the United States responded on Wednesday by firing five ballistic missiles – one of which crashed after launch – at fictitious targets in the Sea of ​​Japan. The day before, the air forces of the two countries had conducted precision shooting exercises in the Yellow Sea.

Seoul also announced the return to the region of the American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which carried out exercises with the South Korean navy in September.

North Korea, which in September adopted a new doctrine making its status as a nuclear power “irreversible”, this year stepped up its firing and launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time since 2017.

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