North Korea Launches At Least 26 Ballistic Missiles And 100 Shells
SEOUL - North Korea launched at least 26 ballistic missiles and 100 shells according to South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Japanese Coast Guard. On February 3rd North Korea is reported to have launched three missiles, with one suspected to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) due to the fact that the missile had stages of separation. One missile is reported to have flown over Japan and activated Japan's alert system (J-alert).
One of the North Korean missiles landed less than 37 miles from South Korea's coast for the first time since the division of North and South Korea, causing South Korea to sound an air raid warning and launch its own ballistic missiles.
Yonhap reported that North Korea has fired a total of 200 ballistic missiles from 1984 to "recently" but that they all flew to the East or West Sea, and never aimed directly at the South until now.
In response to the North Korean ballistic missile launches, South Korean aircraft fired three air-to-ground missiles into the sea across the Northern Limit Line, one of which was a US-made AGM-84H/K SLAM-ER.
South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) reported that North Korea fired three short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) into the East Sea from the Wonsan area in Gangwon Province at about 8:51 am, one of which landed in the high seas south of the Northern Limit Line (NLL) in the East Sea.
"The missile landed 26 km south of the NLL, 57 km east of Sokcho, and 167 km northwest of Ulleungdo." South Korean news agency Yonhap reported, "very close to [South Korea's] territorial sea".
North Korea then fired "at least 10 missiles from the west and east on the same day," which included three short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs), including one that crossed the NLL in the west, but said that "no missiles fell beyond the NLL".
Yonhap reported that South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol convened an emergency National Security Council (NSC) meeting, pointing out that the launches were a "substantial territorial invasion" and ordered a strict response.
A statement by the JCS also said that "This North Korean missile launch is the first time since the division of the Korean Peninsula that it fell close to our territorial waters south of the NLL, and it is very unusual and absolutely unacceptable."
The South Korean news agency stated that the launches "violate the purpose of the 9/19 inter-Korean military agreement to prevent military clashes in the border area". It also said that the launches were analyzed and found to have been "intentionally shot to the south".
The JCS said that the South Korean military responded in proportion. "Three precision air-to-surface missiles from the Air Force F-15K and KF-16 were fired with precision in the high seas north of the NLL in the East Sea and at seas at a distance corresponding to the bombing area of the North Korean-provoked missiles," the statement read.
The statement also said that South Korea fired missiles from 11:10 am to 12:21 pm and that the missiles used were long-range air-to-surface missile SLAM-ER manufactured by Boeing in the United States.
"This precision firing demonstrated the will to respond decisively to any provocations, including short-range ballistic missiles from North Korea, and the ability and readiness to strike the enemy with precision," the JCS stated.
"As North Korea continues provocations despite repeated warnings from our military, I warn you once again that North Korea is solely responsible for all subsequent events,”
The JCS said that the South Korean military has raised its alert posture to level 2 and is responding by raising its firepower standby posture. The South Korean Ministry of National Defense is also responding by operating a joint crisis management system with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
North Korea had previously stated that its recent spate of missile tests were part of a series of simulated scenarios and use of its tactical battlefield nuclear weapons to "hit and wipe out" potential targets located within South Korea.
On October 31st, the US State Department however, said that the United States does not, and will not recognize North Korea as a nuclear weapons state. State Department Spokesman Ned Price said, "That is not our policy. I do not foresee that ever becoming a policy".
November 3rd: North Korea Launches Multiple Ballistic Missiles Over East Sea,At Least One Over Japan
INDO-PACIFIC - North Korea has launched multiple ballistic missiles toward Japan, causing the Japanese Emergency Alert System (J-alert) to activate. Multiple reports, including NK news, Reuters and AP news say that at least one missile flew over Japan.
South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that "North Korea fired an apparent intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and two suspected short-range ones toward the East Sea on Thursday, South Korea's military said."
It also said "The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said it detected what is presumed to be an ICBM launch from the Suan area in Pyongyang at around 7:40 a.m. and the firing of two apparent short-range ballistic missiles from Kaechon in South Pyongan Province from around 8:39 a.m."
Japanese Prime Minister's Office: "A possible ballistic missile was launched from North Korea. We will let you know as soon as we have further news."
"missile launch. missile launch. The missile is believed to have been launched from North Korea. Evacuate inside a building or underground. Reception date and time: 07:50 on the 3rd Target areas: Miyagi, Yamagata, Niigata prefectures."
"Missile passing. missile passing. The previous missile is believed to have passed through the Pacific Ocean around 7:48. If you find anything suspicious, do not approach it and immediately contact the police or fire department. Reception date and time: 08:00 on the 3rd Target areas: Miyagi, Yamagata, Niigata prefectures."
"Regarding the missile launch incident by North Korea, 1. Make every effort to collect and analyze information and provide the public with prompt and accurate information 2. Thoroughly confirm the safety of aircraft and ships 3. Prepare for unforeseen circumstances and take all possible measures Instructed about 3 points (instructed at 7:44)."
"1. Focusing on the areas where the missiles are believed to have passed, promptly check for any damage caused by falling objects, etc. 2. Continue to thoroughly collect and analyze information, including future trends in North Korea. Instructions on three points to cooperate with relevant countries such as the United States and South Korea and continue to take necessary actions in a timely and appropriate manner (instructed at 7:54)."
"With regard to the missile launch incident by North Korea, the Prime Minister stated that, based on the fact that a ballistic missile launch that passes over Japan is an act that could have a serious impact on the lives and property of the people of Japan."
According to South Korean news agency Yonhap the first missile that was launched went through stage separation, which suggest that it might have been an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) or other long-range missile.
An hour after the first launch, the South Korean military and Japanese Coast Guard reported a second launch from the North. Then Japan's Coast Guard reported a third suspected launch after that.
Japan's Coast Guard stated that one of the missiles landed in the Pacific Ocean, about 680 miles east of Japan according to Japanese broadcaster FNN, who cited government officials.
These launches come just one day after the North launched at least 23 other missiles, more than the country has ever fired in one day, including one missile that landed near South Korea's coast for the first time since the North and South split.
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