Monday, December 5

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

North Korea fired another two short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of ​​Japan (called the East Sea in the two Koreas) on Thursday, just two days after launching an intermediate-range missile that flew over Japanese territory, significantly increasing tension. in the region.

A North Korean missile flies over Japan and the authorities recommend the population to take cover

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“The South Korean Army detected two short-range ballistic missiles fired from the Samseok area in Pyongyang, North Korea, fired into the East Sea at around 0601 and 0623 (2101 and 2123 GMT on Wednesday),” the report reported. South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) in a statement.

This is the sixth North Korean launch in the past ten days and comes after Seoul and Washington announced the return of the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to the intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) that Pyongyang shot on Tuesday.

In fact, the North Korean regime has condemned this Thursday the return of the Ronald Reagan, which last week precisely carried out exercises with the South Korean and Japanese navy in the area, in a brief statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [nombre oficial de Corea del Norte] is observing how the United States poses a serious threat to the stability of the Korean Peninsula and its surroundings by redeploying its aircraft carrier and strike group in waters off the Korean Peninsula,” they said in a statement.

North Korea has acknowledged that Tuesday’s IRBM launch was a response to last week’s Ronald Reagan maneuvers. In this sense, he has criticized that “the US and some of its satellites” are now seeking sanctions from the UN Security Council for their “fair response measures” to the “escalation of tension” that the aircraft carrier exercises entail.

Japan believes that the missiles fired this Thursday traveled around 800 kilometers with a peak of about 50 and that they would have fallen outside its exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The IRBM launched on Tuesday was North Korea’s longest-distance projectile ever, traveling some 4,500 kilometers after flying over northern Japan and landing in the Pacific Ocean.

In turn, North Korea, which has been completely isolated from the outside since the start of the pandemic and has approved a weapons modernization plan in 2021, has been preparing for months to carry out a new nuclear test, according to satellites.