the armies of South Korea Y USA they have answered this fridays to intercontinental ballistic missile launched hours earlier by North Korea firing guided bombs as a test from F-35 fighters. They have also conducted combined air maneuvers over the Sea of Japan.
As reported by the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff in a statement, South Korean fifth-generation F-35A fighter jets launched GBU-12 laser-guided bombs on targets posing as North Korean mobile platforms (TELs), while four other South Korean F-35As and four US F-16s flew in combat formation over the Sea of Japan.
These moves by the United States and South Korea come just hours after Pyongyang launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that landed in waters inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone. The projectile would have flown around 1,000 kilometers on a “high” trajectory reaching an altitude of up to 6,000 kilometers.
30 missiles in 18 days
South Korea’s Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada, ensures that the missile has flown for 69 minutes. Likewise, he has ensured that “if we calculate the long-range missile”, it could “have a range of more than 5,000 kilometers, which would include the continental United States.”
Today’s launch adds to the thirty projectiles, a record number, that North Korea has fired since early November in response to major aerial maneuvers by Seoul and Washington, including another intercontinental ballistic missile that apparently misfired and crashed prematurely in the Sea of Japan.
The US warning
Following the launch of this new ballistic missile by North Korea, lto Vice President of the USA Kamala Harris, has called an emergency meeting in which its Asia-Pacific partners –Japan, Canada, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia – have condemned it and warned of a “strong and determined response from the international community”.
In addition, they have asked the member countries of the UN to implement resolutions to respond to this violation while reaffirming that “the path of dialogue is open for the Democratic Republic of North Korea”, which they asked to “abandon the unnecessary provocation and return to serious and sustained diplomacy”.
Tension on the peninsula is reaching unprecedented levels due to repeated North Korean weapons tests, allied maneuvers and the possibility that, as indicated by satellites, Kim Jong-un’s regime is ready to carry out its first nuclear test since 2017.
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