North Korea fires ballistic missiles towards Sea of Japan: Report | Conflict News
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The Japan Coast Guard said the missiles landed in the Sea of Japan, according to Japanese media reports.
North Korea is believed to have fired two ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan, the latest launch in a year that has seen an unprecedented turn of events. series of missile tests by an increasingly belligerent Pyongyang.
The Japan Coast Guard said the first ballistic missile was fired on Saturday morning shortly after 08:00 a.m. local time (23:00 GMT) and the second was launched at around 08:16 a.m. (23:16 GMT), The Japan Times reported.
The missiles landed in the Sea of Japan but outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone – a body of water that extends about 370 kilometers (200 nautical miles) from the country’s coast, according to the news agency.
North Korea launched at least two ballistic missiles on Saturday, the last day of 2022, after a record year of launches. https://t.co/jHx3rdRihR
– Japan Times (@japantimes) December 30, 2022
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed the North’s first missile launch but did not provide further details, such as the specific weapon type or the distance the missile traveled.
Saturday’s launches added to the list of about 70 North Korean ballistic missiles – including about eight intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) – fired throughout the year, the most ever. until now because Pyongyang is equipped with nuclear weapons. officially announced the plan to modernize its military capabilities in response to what it calls provocations by South Korea and its key ally, the United States.
Saturday’s launch also came just days after the North Korea incident is said to have flown the drone violated South Korean airspace for the first time since 2017, prompting Seoul to deploy fighter jets and helicopters to shoot down the unmanned aerial vehicles.
South Korea’s military later apologized for failing to shoot down the drone, and the country’s President Yoon Suk Yeol called for increased air defenses and high-tech stealth drones to monitor. better than North Korea.