North Korea Fires Multiple Rocket Launchers: Seoul
Seoul, South Korea:
Seoul said North Korea fired multiple rocket launches on Sunday, the latest in a series of provocations by the nuclear-armed nation aimed at raising tensions in the region.
Pyongyang has launched a series of banned weapons this year and tested what it claims are components of a “reconnaissance satellite” – although Seoul and Washington have described them as a new ICBM system.
“There were shots fired from multiple North Korean rocket launchers this morning,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a text message to reporters.
“Our military is maintaining our defense readiness while closely monitoring relevant developments,” it added, without further detailing.
Yonhap news agency quoted unnamed officials as saying that four shots were fired into the western sea in about an hour from 7:20 a.m. from an unspecified location in South Pyongan province.
The report adds.
South Korea’s National Security Council held an emergency meeting and called for a tight readiness posture to “prevent a security vacuum during the government transition period,” according to a statement from the president. Blue House.
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol will be inaugurated on May 10 after winning the March 9 polls.
Pyongyang has long possessed the ability to devastate Seoul – which is only about 60 kilometers (40 miles) from the border – with artillery fire.
The US has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea, a security ally, to protect the country from its nuclear-armed neighbour, many of them stationed south of Seoul at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek – a military base the largest overseas.
Sunday’s attacks come just days after Pyongyang carried out a suspected failed ballistic missile test, which analysts said could be an intercontinental ballistic missile new in this country.
The United States and South Korea say North Korea is preparing to fire an ICBM at range for the first time since 2017, possibly disguised as a space launch.
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