Sunday, December 4

North Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of ​​Japan


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The launch comes on the eve of US Vice President Kamala Harris’s visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

Images of the ballistic missile on South Korean television.JUNG YEON-JEAFP
  • Conflict North Korea fires an unidentified ballistic missile into the Sea of ​​Japan
  • Asia The Korean Demilitarized Zone, the last frontier of the Cold War

North Korea has fired this Wednesday two ballistic missiles into the sea of ​​Japanan action that takes place during the course of maneuvers carried out by a US aircraft carrier in that area and on the eve of the US vice president, kamala harrisvisit South Korea.

“The Army of the Republic of Korea (official name of South Korea) detected two short-range ballistic missiles launched between 18:10 and 18:20 today (9:10-9:20 GMT) from the Sunan area of ​​Pyongyang, North Korea, to the east sea“, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) reported in a statement.

The South Korean Army had previously reported the detection of an unidentified first launch by the neighboring country.

sunanfrom where the missiles were fired, is the area where the North Korean capital’s airport is located and a place from which the regime has launched some of its most sophisticated projectiles.

This release comes after another made this past weekend coinciding with the arrival in the region of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reaganand a day before Harris arrives in South Korea, where he is scheduled to visit the militarized border between the two countries this Thursday.

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In fact, Harris is in Japan this Wednesday, where he visited today the base of yokosukathe largest US naval enclave abroad where number two in the Biden Administration reiterated Washington’s commitment to defending its partners in the region.

Japanese Prime Minister, fumio kishidahas called an emergency meeting to analyze the information available on the North Korean missiles, which fell outside the waters of Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and there is no evidence that they have caused damage to ships.

The aforementioned aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan has its base port in Yokosuka and will be leading joint maneuvers on the South Korean east coast until Thursday for which more than 20 vessels have been mobilized, in addition to F-18, F-15 and F-16 fighters. both South Koreans and Americans and even the American nuclear-powered submarine USS Annapolis.

These exercises looking to send a message to North Koreadisconnected from the dialogue on disarmament since the pandemic began and immersed in a weapons modernization plan.

The last time the Ronald Reagan came to the peninsula to rehearse operational scenarios with South Korean forces was in September 2017, in full escalation of tension after the last North Korean nuclear test to date.

Sel and Washington are now seeking to send a message of strength at a time when their intelligence services assume that Pyongyang has been ready for months to carry out what would be its seventh underground nuclear detonation at its Punggye-ri (northeast) test center. of the country).

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