North Korea fired ballistic missile towards sea: Seoul military

North Korea fires `unspecified ballistic missile`: South Korea`s military

South Korea’s military says North Korea has fired at least one ballistic missile into its eastern seaboard.

The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff did not say on Wednesday how far the missile flew.

The launch expands a recent barrage in North Korean weapons displays, including dozens of launches last week that the North described as fake attacks on South Korean and American targets.

North Korea has dialed up its weapons display at a record pace this year as leader Kim Jong Un used the distraction created by Russia’s war on Ukraine to accelerate weapons development and increase pressure on the United States and its regional allies. have taken advantage.

South Korea says the recovered debris of a North Korean missile fired last week amid sea launches was a Soviet-era anti-aircraft weapon that dates back to the 1960s.

South Korea’s defense ministry said on Wednesday that an analysis of the 3-metre (9.8-foot)-long wreckage brought from waters near Korea’s eastern maritime border on Sunday showed it was one of North Korea’s SA-5 surface-fires. Air missiles.

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The ministry said a similar missile was used by the Russian military to carry out ground attacks during the invasion of Ukraine.

Images released by the South Korean military showed what appeared to be a broken rocket body sticking out of the rocket engine and wires still attached to the wings.

The missile, one of more than 20 missiles fired by North Korea last Wednesday, flew in the direction of a populated South Korean island and landed near the rivals’ tense maritime border, triggering air strike sirens and Residents on Uleung Island were forced to evacuate.

The South Korean Defense Ministry said it “strongly” condemns North Korea’s firing of the SA-5, which it sees as a violation of a 2018 inter-Korean military agreement on reducing tensions.

North Korea fired dozens of missiles last week, including an intercontinental ballistic missile that warned of an evacuation in northern Japan in an angry reaction to a massive joint air exercise between the United States and South Korea, called the North. described as an attack rehearsal.

Some experts say it’s possible that North Korea jumped on some of its old weapons inventory to support the expanded scale of last week’s launches, which the North described as fake attacks on air bases such as South Korean and US targets. described in. and operation command system.

The launch added to North Korea’s record pace in weapons testing this year as leader Kim Jong Un used the distraction created by Russia’s war on Ukraine to accelerate weapons development and increased pressure on the United States and its regional allies. took advantage.

“North Koreans want to demonstrate the range of their missile technologies through these tests, but not all launches expose the latest technological advances,” said Soo Kim, a security analyst at the California-based RAND Corporation.

“It may be in North Korea’s interest to preserve some of its advanced capabilities and test them at appropriate times. Kim, again, is playing a long game, so revealing all of his cards, missiles of various kinds. And the capabilities that his country has acquired will not work in his favor.”

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