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North Korea fires ballistic missile into East sea: Seoul’s military

Seoul [South Korea], November 17 (ANI): North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile towards the East Sea on Thursday, Yonhap News Agency reported citing South Korea’s military.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), South Korean Military, said that it has detected the launch and it was from North Korea’s Wonsan area at 10:48 am (local time). The military didn’t give further details.

“While strengthening our monitoring and vigilance, our military is maintaining a full readiness posture in close cooperation with the United States,” the JCS said in a text message sent to reporters.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the launch came shortly after North Korea’s Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui warned that their country will take “fiercer” military actions if the United States sticks to a move to strengthen its “extended deterrence” commitment to regional allies.

Here, extended deterrence refers to America’s pledge to use the full range of its military capabilities, both nuclear and conventional, to defend its allies.

US President Joe Biden reaffirmed that pledge during a trilateral summit with South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on the margins of the ASEAN summit in Cambodia’s Phnom Penh on Sunday.

“The two leaders (Biden, Kishida) condemned these provocative acts and as well as the DPRK’s continued development of its unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs,” according to the White House’s readout.

During the meeting, Biden reaffirmed the US “ironclad” commitment to the defence of Japan after North Korea’s ballistic missile testsEarlier, on November 9, the North fired a short-range ballistic missile into the East Sea.

After North fired a ballistic missile, the Japanese Prime Minister’s office said, “North Korea has launched a suspected ballistic missile. More updates to follow.”The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said it detected a long-range ballistic missile launch from the Sunan area in Pyongyang around 7:40 am (local time). It further announced that the two short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) were launched from Kaechon in South Pyongan Province at around 8:39 a.m (local time).

As per the Yonhap News Agency report, the long-range missile covered a distance of around 760 kilometres. The long-range missile flew at a top speed of Mach 15 and two short-range ballistic missiles flew for around 330 kilometres at a maximum height of about 70 kilometres at a top speed of Mach 15, South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff (JCS) said.

It further announced that South Korea has strengthened their surveillance and vigilance while maintaining a readiness posture in coordination with the United States. (ANI)