North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile on Thursday, South Korea’s military said.
North Korea warned of a “tougher” military response to the United States of America and its allies.
It comes as Washington has sought to strengthen regional security cooperation and increase joint military exercises with South Korea in response to growing provocations from the nuclear-armed North, which sees all these moves as evidence of aggression by the North. USA.
US President Joe Biden discussed North Korea’s latest missile tests with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping earlier this week and also spoke with leaders from Tokyo and Seoul as fears grow that North Korea will soon carry out its seventh nuclear test.
Washington’s moves to hold joint drills with regional security allies are “acts of folly,” North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said Thursday in a statement carried by state news agency KCNA.
The more Washington strengthens security cooperation with Tokyo and Seoul, “the tougher North Korea’s military countermeasures will be,” Choe said.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the military had “detected at around 10:48 a.m. a short-range ballistic missile fired from the Wonsan area in Kangwon Province.”
The missile flew approximately 240 kilometers at an altitude of 47 kilometers, the military said.
“South Korea and the US reaffirmed their joint defense posture through the joint exercise,” she said.
Japan also confirmed that North Korea had launched a missile, with the prime minister’s office saying Pyongyang’s actions, including repeated ballistic missile launches, “threaten the peace and security of our country and regional and international communities”.
Experts said Thursday’s missile launch was timed to coincide with the statement by Pyongyang’s foreign minister.
North Korea carried out a series of missile launches earlier this month, including a Nov. 2 barrage in which it fired 23 missiles — more than in all of 2017, known as the year of “fire and fury.”