South Korean President Eun Suk Yeol said North Korea’s provocative actions continued to grow, but his country had the potential to retaliate on a large scale.
North Korea fired another ballistic missile and 170 rounds of ammunition into the sea on Friday. It also flew warplanes near the tense border with South Korea, adding to tensions in the region following recent North Korean weapons tests. North Korea This move suggests that he is trying his old trick of showing fear of war by testing weapons to get concession from the opponents.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff issued a statement saying that a short-range ballistic missile fired from the North Korean capital Pyongyang at 1:49 am local time late Friday, landed in the country’s eastern sea area. This is North Korea’s 15th missile launch since resuming weapons testing activities on September 25. North Korea said on Monday that its recently tested missiles were capable of carrying out nuclear strikes on South Korean and US targets.
North Korea fired several rounds
It said the tests were a response to dangerous military exercises conducted by the US and South Korea in the region through an American aircraft carrier. According to reports, after the recent missile test, North Korea fired 130 rounds from its west coast and 40 rounds from the east coast. South Korean President Eun Suk Yeol told reporters that while North Korea’s provocations are increasing, but his country has the ability to retaliate on a large scale, which could stop North Korea’s actual attacks to some extent. Is.
Major General Kang Ho-Pil of South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a later televised statement that South Korea has issued a stern warning to North Korea to immediately stop testing its weapons. He said that South Korea has the ability to react strongly to any provocative action by North Korea. South Korea’s foreign ministry said on Friday it has imposed sanctions on 15 North Korean nationals and 16 organizations suspected of engaging in illegal activities to finance North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programme.
Missile launch unacceptable – Japan
“Whatever the intention, North Korea’s repeated ballistic missile launches are absolutely unacceptable and we cannot ignore North Korea’s progress in missile technology,” Japan’s Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said. The US Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement that the North Korean launch did not pose an immediate threat to US personnel or the region or its allies and that US commitments to the defense of South Korea and Japan remain.
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