North Korea has fired ballistic missiles for the fourth time in a week in a bid to escalate tensions.
Saturday’s test comes after South Korea, the United States and Japan held anti-submarine drills for the first time in five years.
US Vice President Kamala Harris was also in Seoul, South Korea, and toured the demilitarized zone.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol responded by saying that North Korea’s “obsession” with nuclear weapons is deepening the suffering of its own people.
He added that if North Korea ever used nuclear weapons, there would be an “overwhelming” response from both South Korea and the US.
According to South Korean and Japanese military intelligence, North Korea’s missiles flew between 220 and 250 miles at a maximum altitude of 20 to 30 miles before landing in the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.
Japan’s Deputy Defense Minister Toshiro Ino said the missiles followed an “irregular” trajectory, meaning they can maneuver in flight, making them more difficult to track and intercept.
The “irregular” trajectory is similar to how the Russian Iskander missile works.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, “North Korea’s repeated launching of ballistic missiles is a serious provocation that undermines peace and security on the Korean peninsula and in the international community.”
Prior to Kamala Harris’ visit to South Korea, Washington sent the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to South Korea to conduct a large-scale joint naval exercise.
Cross-border talks have long stalled and any hopes of diplomacy with the West are slim.
In a speech to the Supreme People’s Assembly on September 9, the North Korean dictator said a policy of striking first with weapons of mass destruction was “irreversible.”
He made the comments while enshrining in law the hermit nation’s aggressive military stance.
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