North Korea, ballistic missiles launched into the Sea of ​​Japan

North Korea has tested two short-range ballistic missiles towards the Sea of ​​Japan: according to the findings of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Seoul, the launches took place from the Tongchon area, in the province of Kangwon, between 11.59 and 12.18 local (4.59 and 5.18 in Italy). The missiles, which flew for about 230 km, hitting the apogee of about 24 km and the maximum speed of about Mach 5, were launched; while the South is about to complete its maneuvers called ‘Hoguk’, intended to refine the country’s defense capabilities against threats from the North. Seoul and Washington are also preparing to hold a further round of combined air exercises, called ‘Vigilant Storm’, which is expected to start next week.

“Significant provocation that undermines peace”

“The Northern ballistic missile launches this time were acts of significant provocation that undermine peace and stability not only on the Korean peninsula but also in the international community,” the Command said in a statement, assuring that, together with the activities of surveillance with the US, “our military will maintain a position of readiness”. In a statement, the US Indo-Pacific Command highlighted Washington’s “unwavering” security commitment to Seoul and Tokyo. “While we have assessed that this event does not pose an immediate threat to US personnel or territory, or to our allies, the missile launches highlight the destabilizing impact of the illegal weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs of the United States. North Korea “, the command specified. The North, particularly active in the ballistic missile sector since the beginning of the year, had launched the last carrier on October 14, while there are still strong fears that the leader Kim Jong-un may decide to hold the seventh nuclear test, the first since 2017. .