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N Korea fires cruise missiles, as US and Seoul plan drills


South Korea says it really is investigating launches after it detected two missiles fired from the Norths west coast in to the sea.

Published On 17 Aug 2022

North Korea has fired two cruise missiles in to the sea, in accordance with South Korean officials, in Pyongyangs first weapons test since early last month.

Early today, we detected that North Korea fired two cruise missiles in to the West Sea from Onchon, South Pyongan province, an unnamed military official told the Yonhap news agency on Wednesday.

The final weapons test occurred on July 10, once the North fired what were multiple rocket launchers. It last tested cruise missiles in January.

THE UNITED STATES and South Korean military authorities are analysing detailed specifications such as for example flight distance, a defence ministry official told the AFP news agency.

The launches come each day after South Korea and america began a four-day preliminary joint drill in preparation for the long-suspended live field training referred to as Ulchi Freedom Shield, which occurs from August 22 to Sept 1. The exercises infuriate Pyongyang, which sees them as a rehearsal for invasion.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on stage delivering an update on his 100 days in office
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, talking with the media to mark his first 100 days in office, offered economic aid for North Korea providing it stopped developing nuclear weapons [Chung Sung-Jun/Pool Photo via AP Photo]

Wednesday also marked 100 days in office for South Koreas President Yoon Suk-yeol who made no reference to the launches as he held a press conference in Seoul.

Yoon instead stressed his willingness to supply phased economic aid to North Korea if it ended nuclear weapons development and began denuclearisation.

Any dialogue between your leaders of the South and North, or negotiations between working-level officials, shouldn’t be a political show, but should donate to establishing substantive peace on theKorean peninsula and in Northeast Asia, he said.

Pyongyang has completed an unprecedented wave of weapons tests, including a banned intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), this season despite tough international sanctions imposed over its weapons programmes.

Those restrictions usually do not extend to cruise missiles, but there’s speculation that Pyongyang is getting ready to test a nuclear weapon for the initial since 2017.

By the end of last month, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the united states was prepared to mobilise its nuclear deterrent.



Al Jazeera and news agencies

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