North Korea unleashes biggest 1-day missile barrage; South Korea responds with missile launches
One of the 23 missiles launched by North Korea lands 16 miles away from South Korea’s sea border
North Korea fired more than 20 missiles on Wednesday in the direction of South Korea, and at least one landed near the rivals’ tense sea border.
South Korea retaliated by firing its own test missiles, sending some citizens to evacuate in underground shelters.
This is the most missiles North Korea has ever fired in one day and the first time a short-range ballistic missile has landed near South Korea’s territory since 1945, when the peninsula was divided.
The launches came hours after North Korea threatened to use nuclear weapons to get the U.S. and South Korea to “pay the most horrible price in history” as it has intensified its fiery rhetoric targeting the ongoing South Korean-U.S. military drills that it views as an invasion rehearsal.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said at least one of the missiles launched by North Korea landed less than 40 miles from the South Korean city of Sokcho on the nation’s east coast and 104 miles from Ulleung, where air raid warnings had sounded.
North Korea on Wednesday fired a ballistic missile toward the South that crossed the two countries’ maritime border for the first time since Korea was divided.
“We heard the siren at around 8:55 a.m., and all of us in the building went down to the evacuation place in the basement,” an Ulleung county official told Reuters. “We stayed there until we came upstairs at around 9:15 after hearing that the projectile fell into the high seas.”
The South’s Joint Chiefs said President Yoon Suk-yeol had ordered a “swift response” to the North’s latest attack.
South Korea’s military said North Korea launched at least 23 missiles Wednesday — 17 in the morning and six in the afternoon — off its eastern and western coasts.
The North also fired more than 100 rounds of artillery from its east coast into a military buffer zone established in a military agreement with the South, according to South Korea’s military. The South’s Joint Chiefs said the firing violates a 2018 agreement.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said at least one missile landed less than 40 miles from the South Korean city of Sokcho on the east coast and 104 miles from Ulleung, where air raid warnings had sounded.
North Korea has demanded the U.S. and South Korea end large-scale military exercises around the peninsula.
This was the first time a North Korean ballistic missile had landed near South Korean waters, according to the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“Our military can never tolerate this kind of North Korea’s provocative act, and will strictly and firmly respond under close South Korea-U.S. cooperation,” South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a news release.
The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said President Yoon Suk-yeol had ordered a “swift response” to the North’s latest attack. (AP)
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