North Korea fires missiles again


Missile launch North Korea

North Korea has conducted several missile tests in recent weeks.


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Seoul North Korea has again tested a potentially nuclear-capable missile, according to its neighbor South Korea. The missile flew about 290 kilometers east towards the open sea, the General Staff of the Armed Forces in Seoul said on Wednesday. It was a short-range ballistic missile. UN resolutions ban North Korea, a self-declared nuclear power, from testing ballistic missiles of any range that can be armed with a nuclear warhead.

At the same time, a new maneuver is taking place in South Korea. According to the military, it is aimed at countering threats from North Korean nuclear weapons and missiles. The four-day maneuver is based on computer simulations and does not require any field exercises.

The Ministry of Defense in Seoul also announced that debris from a missile shot down by North Korea last week had been found off the east coast. The missile is apparently an SA-5 anti-aircraft missile from the Soviet era. Russia used similar missiles in Ukraine.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula are currently increasing significantly. Since the beginning of the year, there have already been more than 50 North Korean missile tests – last week alone, South Korea’s military recorded more than 25, including an ICBM. North Korea throws the United States regularly preparing maneuvers with South Korea for an attack, which both countries deny. The US has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea.

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