North Korea launches 23 missiles, with just one making its first landing off the coast of South Korea.
North Korea launched at least 23 missiles into the ocean, one of which came down fewer than 60 kilometres (40 miles) off the coast of South Korea
Earlier in the day, North Korea launched at least 23 missiles into the ocean, one of which came down fewer than 60 kilometres (40 miles) off the coast of South Korea, an act the country’s president, Yoon Suk-yeol, referred to as “territorial encroachment.”
It was also the most missiles fired by the North in a single day, and it was the first time a ballistic missile had landed in close proximity to South Korean waters since the peninsula was divided in 1945. Rare air raid warnings were supplied by South Korea, who then responded by launching its own missiles.
The missile touched down south of the Northern Limit Line (NLL), a controversial maritime boundary between North and South Korea, but outside of South Korea’s territorial waters.
In response, three air-to-ground missiles were fired into the sea north across the NLL by South Korean jets, according to the South’s military. AGM-84H/K SLAM-ER, a 360 kg (800 lb) warhead, “stand-off” precision attack weapon produced in the United States, was among the weapons used, according to an official.
After Yoon’s office promised a “quick and firm response,” the South launched their missiles.
Yoon Suk-office yeol’s released a statement in which it said that the president had “noted that North Korea’s provocation today constituted an effective act of territorial invasion by a missile intruding the NLL for the first time since (the two Koreas’) separation.”
when asked whether the missile was heading towards the South’s territory and should have been intercepted. A senior presidential official reacted, “Strictly speaking, it did not land in our territory but in the Exclusive Economic Zone under our jurisdiction, therefore it was not subject to interception,”
The North’s missile launches were denounced by the United States, as was “its reckless decision to fire a missile below the de facto sea boundary with the Republic of Korea,” according to a State Department spokesperson on Wednesday.
According to Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, North Korea has been launching missiles on a constant basis for the past year in defiance of numerous Security Council resolutions.