North Korea fired a ballistic missile Thursday that landed in waters just east of the Korean Peninsula, according to the South Korean government.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed the launch of the short-range ballistic missile from the North’s eastern coastal Wonsan area at 10:48 a.m., just hours after North Korean officials threatened “fiercer” military actions amid alleged provocations by the U.S., South Korea, and Japan.
South Korea has boosted its surveillance of North Korea amid the growing missile threat and continues to maintain a military readiness for a potential conflict, officials said.
The report notes that, just hours before Thursday’s missile launch, North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hue issued a threat over a recent U.S.-South Korea-Japan summit, saying, “The keener the U.S. is on the ‘bolstered offer of extended deterrence’ to its allies and the more they intensify provocative and bluffing military activities on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, the fiercer (North Korea’s) military counteraction will be, in direct proportion to it. It will pose a more serious, realistic and inevitable threat to the U.S. and its vassal forces.”
“The U.S. will be well aware that it is gambling for which it will certainly regret,” Choe threatened.
North Korea fired a ballistic missile as it warned of ‘fiercer military responses’ to U.S. efforts to boost its security presence in the region with its allies, saying Washington is taking a ‘gamble it will regret’ https://t.co/FSI5ZA7WSz pic.twitter.com/dDXBowMKep
— Reuters (@Reuters) November 17, 2022
North Korea states it’s recent ballistic missile launches are a warning to its ‘enemies’ including Japan, and that Japan must stop mistreating North Korean nationals or face worse. Several NK missiles fired over Japan causing widespread panic and alerts. pic.twitter.com/TYPvtCx1yV
— US Civil Defense (@USCivilDefense4) November 16, 2022
GROWING THREAT: Ballistic missiles fired by North Korea land near Seoul https://t.co/NfH3pg2i5R
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 17, 2022
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