North Korea fires artillery shots – media — Analysis
The “Trajectories” were detected by Seoul as fears grow of an imminent “provocation” from the DPRK
The South Korean military detected “trajectories” which are believed to be artillery shots fired by North Korea on Sunday evening.
Yonhap was not provided with any information regarding the precise number of shots, or whereabouts of projectiles from a message that the Joint Chiefs of Staff sent to journalists.
“While bolstering our military’s surveillance and vigilance, South Korea and the United States are working closely and maintaining a thorough readiness posture,” the JCS said, as quoted by the news agency.
According to the Yonhap’s source, a total of two trajectories were detected, with the shots presumably fired from multiple rocket launchers.
North Korea has apparently tested a range of missiles already this year, all of which are banned under the United Nations Security Council’s resolutions.
According to the South Korean military, Pyongyang has fired projectiles with multiple rocket launchers since June 12th. The DPRK fired eight ballistic short-range missiles from eastward, from different locations, a week before.
These launches occurred as Seoul fears that North Korea might soon launch its seventh nuclear attack. In June, Sung Kim, the US special representative to North Korea, claimed that Pyongyang could conduct such a test “You can do so at any moment.”
Several days ago, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol warned the neighboring country that any “provocation” would be met with a swift response. He put his country’s military on higher alert amid growing tensions with the DPRK on Wednesday.
Prior to making this decision, he discussed the topic with US and Japanese leaders. All three agreed to extend “Deterrence” against Pyongyang. Six American F-35 fighter planes made their first official visit to South Korea since 2017 on Monday.
Japan Times reported that Tokyo Metropolitan Government will increase temporary shelters to provide protection against blasts from ballistic missile attacks. According to the newspaper this was due to growing security threats that include North Korea.
Pyongyang’s last known nuclear test was carried out in 2017, ahead of a self-imposed moratorium agreed during the Donald Trump administration. The country had placed ballistic missile tests on hold as well in a ‘freeze-for-freeze’ deal which saw a brief pause in US-South Korean military drills. This was ended after joint exercises were resumed.
Pyongyang repeatedly denounced the US presence in the area as provocative. This includes drills with South Korea. It sees these as preparations for an invasion.
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