North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea on Wednesday, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, but gave no further details on how far it flew.
The launch came hours after North Korea issued a veiled threat to use nuclear weapons to make the US and South Korea “pay the worst price in history” – the ongoing large-scale military standoff between its rivals. An escalation of its ferocious rhetoric targeting practices. .
In a statement, Park Jong Chon, a secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party who is considered a close confidante of leader Kim Jong Un, called the ongoing military exercises between South Korea and the US “aggressive and provocative”.
North Korea has argued that its latest weapons tests were meant to issue a warning to Washington and Seoul over their series of joint military exercises, including this week’s drills involving about 240 fighter jets. Sees as On Tuesday, North Korea’s foreign ministry criticized. The United States has called for an expansion of joint military exercises with South Korea that it claims are a drill for a possible attack, and it has warned of “more forceful follow-up measures” in response.
The White House on Tuesday pushed back against North Korea’s saber rattling, reiterating that the drills are part of a routine training schedule with South Korea.
“We reject the notion that they act as any kind of provocation. We have made clear that we have no hostile intent toward the DPRK and have asked them to engage in serious and sustained diplomacy,” White House National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said on Tuesday, referring to North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Said using the Republic of Korea. “The DPRK continues not to respond. At the same time, we will continue to work with our allies and partners to limit the North’s ability to advance its illicit weapons programs and threaten regional stability.
North Korea has ramped up its weapons displays to a record pace this year, launching more than 40 ballistic missiles, including developing intercontinental ballistic missiles and an intermediate-range missile fired over Japan. The North has punctuated those tests with an escalatory nuclear doctrine that authorizes preemptive nuclear strikes in loosely defined crisis situations.