New round of North Korean fire, Seoul and Washington extend air drills

North Korea on Thursday launched three new projectiles, including an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) which apparently failed, the day after a record salvo of fire which raised tension in the region to its height.

According to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, three projectiles – two short-range missiles followed by an ICBM – were launched Thursday morning from the North towards the Sea of ​​Japan.

“The launch of an ICBM by North Korea was likely to end in failure” during the separation of the second stage of the rocket, said the South Korean army.

According to her, this missile traveled 760 km at a maximum altitude of 1920 km and at the speed of Mach 15 (15 times the speed of sound). The other two missiles traveled about 330 km at Mach 5 and a maximum altitude of 70 km.

“An outrage” that “cannot be tolerated”

Air-raid sirens sounded for the second consecutive day on the South Korean island of Ulleungdo, located 120 km east of the Korean peninsula, local media reported.

An alert was also triggered in northern Japan even if, contrary to what the authorities had initially said, the missile did not ultimately fly over the archipelago. According to Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada, the projectile “disappeared over the Sea of ​​Japan”.

“The continuous barrage of missiles day after day is an outrage and cannot be tolerated,” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Thursday.

This launch “underlines the need for all countries to fully implement Security Council resolutions” sanctioning North Korea, said US State Department spokesman Ned Price.

Seoul and Washington extend air drills

This show of force by Pyongyang comes at a time when South Korea and the United States are carrying out the largest air exercises in their history in the region.

The two allies decided on Thursday to extend these exercises “in view of recent provocations from the North”, announced the South Korean army.

North Korea sees this type of exercise as a dress rehearsal for a future invasion of its territory or overthrow of its regime.

This exercise, dubbed “Vigilant Storm”, constitutes “an aggressive and provocative military maneuver targeting the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”, said the North Korean regime, which threatened Seoul and Washington to “pay the most horrible prize in history”.

The United States and South Korea have been warning for months that North Korea is preparing to carry out a nuclear test, which would be the seventh in its history and the first in five years.

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