SEOUL: North Korea fired four short-range missiles into the West Sea on Saturday morning, the South Korean military said, with the missiles flying about 130 km (80 miles) at an altitude of 20 km (12 miles).
North Korea launched a series of missiles this week, including a failed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), prompting condemnation from Washington, Seoul and Tokyo and speculation it might resume nuclear testing for the first time since 2017.
Saturday’s launch, fired between 11:31 a.m. and 11:59 a.m. KST, comes as the U.S. and South Korea wrap up a six-day Vigilance Storm exercise that began on Oct. 31.
According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the joint military exercise involved about 240 military aircraft and two American B-1B strategic bombers.
This is the first time the B-1B has been used in a US-South Korean exercise since 2017, which “demonstrates the combined defense capabilities and determination of the Republic of Korea and the United States in responding decisively to any provocations by North Korea. The willingness of the United States to implement a strong commitment to extended deterrence,” JCS said in a statement. said in the report.
US urges sanctions after North Korea launches ICBM
On Friday, Pyongyang demanded that the US and South Korea halt “provocative” air drills. South Korea said it fired fighter jets in retaliation for 180 North Korean military jets near the countries’ shared border on Friday.
On Wednesday, North Korea launched 23 missiles a day, landing one off South Korea’s coast for the first time.
In recent years, the UN has debated how to deal with North Korea. The Security Council is divided and in May, China and Russia vetoed a US-led push to impose more UN sanctions in response to North Korea’s missile launches.