South Korea responded to the North Korean provocation with its own missiles World | DW

North Korea fired more than a dozen short-range ballistic missiles this Wednesday (11/2/2022), sparking an unusual alert for an airstrike on a South Korean island, Seoul authorities said, which later responded to the attack.

“North Korea fired three short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of ​​Japan, said the South Korean military, which is conducting military exercises with the United States this week.

After the launch was discovered, authorities issued an airstrike warning on Ulleungdo Island (East) and asked its residents “to evacuate to the nearest underground shelter,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

The military said one of the missiles landed in international waters south of the Northern Limit Line, the disputed maritime border between the two countries.

“The firing of a North Korean missile is highly unusual and unacceptable because it first landed near South Korean territorial waters on the northern boundary line,” Joint Chiefs of Staff Operations Director Kang Shin-King told reporters.

Hours later, the South Korean military launched three precision air-to-surface missiles into North Korean waters in response to North Korean launches.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) detailed in a statement that F-15 and F-16 fighter jets fired these precision missiles “into the open sea in the waters north of the LLN (Northern Boundary Line, which divides the waters of both countries).” to “respond to the provocation” of North Korea, which is also the first time that missiles from Seoul have fallen into the territorial waters of the neighboring country.

“Storm Watcher”

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol called a meeting of his National Security Council to discuss the shooting, which analysts said was one of the “most aggressive and threatening” in years.

Japan also confirmed the missile launch, and the Coast Guard ordered its ships to be alert.

This latest footage comes amid the largest joint South Korean-US maneuvers ever, dubbed “Storm Watcher,” involving hundreds of warplanes from both sides.

Pak Jong Chon, a senior North Korean official, called the drills aggressive and provocative, according to a state media report on Wednesday.

The isolated nuclear-capable communist country has carried out a record series of weapons tests this year and is preparing another nuclear test, the first since 2017, according to Seoul and Washington.

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