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North Korea fires unidentified ballistic missile


“North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile towards the East Sea”, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday, March 27, using the Korean name for the Sea of ​​Japan. The launch comes days after Seoul and Washington completed their largest joint military drills in five years on Thursday.

Pyongyang considers these maneuvers as rehearsals for an invasion of its territory and has repeatedly warned that it will respond to them in a “overwhelming”. She said on Friday that recent exercises, dubbed “Freedom Shield”were training for a “occupation” of North Korea.

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The North Korean army reacted by carrying out its own military maneuvers. She notably tested last Thursday what she presents as a new “underwater nuclear attack drone” able to trigger a “radioactive tsunami”, information received with skepticism by analysts. North Korea also launched its second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) of the year last Wednesday.

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After a record year of weapons testing and growing nuclear threats from Pyongyang in 2022, Seoul and Washington are stepping up their security cooperation.

Last year, North Korea declared itself a nuclear power. “irreversible” and leader Kim Jong-un recently called for an increase “exponential” of the production of weapons, including tactical nuclear weapons.

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The World with AFP

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