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North Korea fires three new missiles

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In the aftermath of a marked increase in tension in the peninsula, North Korea fired three ballistic missiles on Thursday, one long-range and two short-range, towards the Sea of ​​Japan. These shots triggered an alert in the South Korean island of Ulleungdo as well as in Japan.

North Korea launched three new missiles on Thursday (November 3rd), triggering an alert on an island off the Korean peninsula as well as in Japan, the day after an unprecedented salvo of fire which brought tension to a fever pitch in the region.

According to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, three ballistic missiles, one long-range and two short-range, were launched Thursday morning from the North towards the Sea of ​​Japan.

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.

Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada clarified that Japan had not been overflown by one of these projectiles, contrary to what the authorities had indicated earlier. “The missile was detected as having the potential to fly over the Japanese archipelago and a (special) alert was issued, but after verifying this information, we confirmed that the missile did not cross the Japanese archipelago, but had disappeared over the Sea of ​​Japan,” he said. “We are analyzing the reason” for this disappearance, he added.

“Outrage”

Japanese television stations broadcast warnings to residents of the northern Niigata, Yamagata and Miyagi areas on Thursday morning, asking them to stay under cover, and the Shinkansen bullet train service was briefly suspended. suspended.

“The continuous barrage of missiles day after day is an outrage and cannot be tolerated,” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Thursday. On October 4, a North Korean ballistic missile flew over Japan for the first time in five years.

On Wednesday, North Korea had already fired 23 missiles, one of which had crossed the “Northern Limit Line” (NLL) which extends the inter-Korean land border at sea, while remaining in international waters. According to the South Korean military, it was the first time since the end of the Korean War in 1953 that a North Korean projectile ended its course so close to southern territorial waters.

Dreaded nuclear test

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.

The recent series of firings “are preliminary celebrations for their future nuclear test”, predicted Ahn Chan-il, a researcher specializing in North Korea. “It also looks like a series of practical tests for their tactical nuclear deployment,” he told AFP.

With AFP

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