Seoul, Nov 9 (EFE).- North Korea on Wednesday launched a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan after having test-fired more than 30 missiles last week that further escalated tensions in the peninsula.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a brief statement that Pyongyang had fired an unspecified ballistic missile towards the East Sea (name given to the Sea of Japan in the two Koreas).
Japan’s government officials said that the missile was believed to have fallen in waters outside its exclusive economic zone and that there was no information of any damage caused by it, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported.
North Korea fired at least 33 missiles of several types between Nov. 2 and 5 in response to large-scale air exercises by Seoul and Washington, the largest such drills conducted by the allies in the last five years.
Following the multiple missile launches, the US and South Korean militaries extended the training by another day and sent two B-1B stealth bomber aircraft to the Korean peninsula on Saturday for the first time in five years.
Tension in the peninsula is reaching unprecedented heights amid repeated North Korean weapons launches, the allies’ military drills and the possibility that, as satellites indicate, Kim Jong-un’s regime is ready for its first nuclear test since 2017. EFE