Seoul, Nov 17 (EFE).- North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile Thursday into the Sea of Japan, just hours after the North Korean foreign minister threatened to “give a fiercer response” to United States movements to strengthen its deterrent power on the Korean peninsula.
“Our military captured a short-range ballistic missile launched by North Korea into the East Sea from Wonsan, Gangwon province, at about 10:48 a.m. local time (1:48 a.m. GMT). today, Nov. 17,” the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff reported in a brief statement.
This launch coincides with the visit of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to neighboring South Korea and comes after Pyongyang fired 30 missiles in early November in response to large air maneuvers by Seoul and Washington, increasing tension in the region.
The essay also comes just hours after North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui warned against taking “fierce” military action against the US and its allies as a result of the three-way dialogue recently held with Japan and South Korea. .
Leaders of the three countries, Yoon Suk-yeol, Fumio Kishida, and Joe Biden, agreed Sunday to take “decisive measures” to achieve the complete denuclearization of North Korea and exhibited their commitment to strengthening the so-called “extended deterrence.”
Expanded or extended deterrence consists of sending US strategic assets to the Korean peninsula and its surroundings in a “coordinated manner and when necessary” based on the actions of the northern regime.
Tension on the peninsula is reaching unprecedented heights in the face of repeated North Korean weapons tests, allied maneuvers and the possibility that, as satellites indicate, Kim Jong-un’s regime is ready for its first nuclear test since 2017. EFE