Seoul, 3 November 2022 (TDI): Joint Chief of Staff (JCS) of South Korea, Gen. Kim Seung-kyum confirmed that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired three short-range ballistic missiles eastward later this Thursday.
North Korea has launched a suspected ballistic missile. More updates to follow.
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A statement was also released by the Japanese Foreign Ministry reporting the event. According to local media, the South Korean Military confirmed that North Korea fired three short-range ballistic missiles toward the East Sea.
Earlier today North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which Seoul said had apparently failed.
The Joint Chief of Staff, Republic of Korea announced the missiles fired by the neighboring country without providing details, local media reported.
The stance from North Korea came just after Pyongyang warned the US-South Korea extension of a joint Vigilant Storm air drill.
Secretary of Central Committee of Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), Pak Jong Chon made a warning in a statement released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 3 November 2022 after the extension of US-South Korea combined air drill Vigilant Storm.
Jong Chon declared Seoul-Washington’s decision to extend drills “very dangerous and wrong choice.” Moreover, he said that this irresponsible decision is shoving the present situation caused by provoking military behavior of allied forces.
He further slammed the US and South Korea by saying their mistake is irrevocable and will have harsh impacts.
The Vigilant Storm drills
The Vigilant Storm air drills jointly kicked off between the US and South Korea on Monday and were scheduled to end on Friday. This military drill will feature hundreds of fighter jets and other military planes conducting about 1600 joint missions.
The US and South Korean Air Forces will work together to perform major joint missions such as close air support, defensive counter air, and emergency air operations 24 hours a day during the five-day training period, according to US Air Force Statement.
After the launch of these drills North Korea earlier this Thursday launched ballistic missiles including an ICBM, followed by Wednesday’s firing of at least 20 missiles, including one that landed close to South Korea’s waters.