New missiles launched by South Korea and United States after North Korean launch

New warning. South Korea and the United States fired multiple missiles at sea targets on Wednesday, a day after Pyongyang fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) that overflyed Japan on Tuesday. A first in five years that prompted Tokyo to activate its warning system.

According to the South Korean General Staff, the South Korean and American armies each fired two short-range ATACMS missiles “to precisely hit a virtual target” in the Sea of ​​Japan on Wednesday. These exercises “demonstrated our ability and readiness to neutralize the source of the provocation while maintaining a constant surveillance position,” he added in a press release.

However, the South Korean military confirmed the failed launch of a fifth Hyunmoo-2 short-range ballistic missile, which crashed to the ground shortly after launch. The missile warhead did not detonate and no one was injured, officials said. However, a major fire broke out in the city of Gangneung on South Korea’s east coast, sparking panic. Many concerned residents called City Hall, authorities said.

South Korean and American fighter jets had already carried out precision strike exercises with two South Korean F-15K fighter jets dropping bombs on a virtual target in the Yellow Sea on Tuesday, according to Seoul. US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, interviewed by CNN, pointed out that it is a matter of “responding to provocations from the North to ensure that we can demonstrate our own capabilities”. “It doesn’t have to come to that. We made it clear to Kim Jong-un that we are ready to sit down at the table with no preconditions,” he added.

Return of the American nuclear aircraft carrier

The South Korean army also announced on Wednesday the return to the region of the American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which had been conducting drills with the South Korean Navy in September.

North Korea, which in September adopted a new doctrine making its status as a nuclear power “irreversible,” increased its shelling this year and launched an ICBM for the first time since 2017. Tuesday’s shelling was the fifth of ten days. Pyongyang did not comment on the matter in official media. The United Nations Security Council is due to meet on this issue on Wednesday.

According to Seoul and Tokyo data, the missile traveled about 4,600 km, probably the longest distance Pyongyang has ever traveled in its tests. Missiles are usually launched in a raised trajectory to avoid overflying neighboring countries. According to experts and senior officials, the missile is a nuclear-capable Hwasong-12 IRBM. It was first tested in 2017 and can reach US bases on the island of Guam.

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