South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the short-range ballistic missile North Korea launched into the sea between 9 hours 8 minutes and 9: 43 minutes (Seoul time), but the type of weapon used in this test has not been determined.
A South Korean government source familiar with the matter said North Korea launched eight of these missiles from at least two locations, including the Sunan airport in the capital Pyongyang.
News agency Kyodo Japan’s government source also confirmed that North Korea launched a series of missiles on the morning of June 5.
The launch took place a day after the US Special Representative for North Korea Sung Kim left the capital Seoul. Sung Kim met his South Korean counterpart Kim Gunn and his Japanese counterpart Takehiri Funakoshi on June 3 to prepare for “contingencies” amid signs North Korea is about to conduct a nuclear test. first since 2017.
Kyodo newspaper, citing a Japanese government source, also said that North Korea launched several ballistic missiles this morning. Photo: KCNA
This morning’s launch was the 18th rocket launch this year and the third missile test since new South Korean President Yoon Yuk-seol took office on May 10.
In recent weeks, North Korea has repeatedly test-fired missiles, including its largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
North Korea’s most recent test was on May 25, when the country launched three missiles after US President Joe Biden wrapped up a tour of Asia. South Korean officials said the first missile appeared to be North Korea’s largest ICBM, the Hwasong-17. The second missile has not been identified, the third is a short-range ballistic missile (SRBM).
Associated Yonhap South Korean and US government officials have reported that Pyongyang appears to have completed preparations for another nuclear test.
North Korea’s short-range ballistic missile launch aired on South Korean television on May 7. Photo: Yonhap
According to the news agency ReutersOn June 3, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the ships of South Korea and the United States ended three days of exercises in international waters off the Japanese island of Okinawa, including anti-aircraft and anti-aircraft operations. ships and anti-submarines… The drills involved the US Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and other large warships.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol agreed with US President Joe Biden on increasing bilateral military exercises to deter North Korea.
North Korea has often criticized joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea, seeing it as an example of Washington’s continued “hostile policies” toward Pyongyang, despite its diplomatic talk.
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