Breaking territory, South Korean missiles hit back at North Korean missiles, Vietnam and the demarcation line between the two Koreas

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

The situation on the Korean peninsula suddenly worsened, with North Korea firing missiles and artillery shells in three rounds yesterday. At least 17 ballistic missiles and other missiles were launched in the morning, then more than 100 artillery shells were launched in 7 hours, and 6 missiles were launched in the afternoon. Japan said that at least one of them was a short-range ballistic missile, flying at a “very low” altitude of 50 kilometers the following. North Korea fired 23 missiles, the most ever in one day. In the morning, a ballistic missile flew over the waters between the two Koreas and crashed in waters about 60 kilometers away from the coast of South Korea. This was the first time since i’ the two Koreas split in 1945 that a ballistic missile approached Falls in South Korean waters. South Korean President Yoon Sek-yue immediately convened an emergency national security meeting, believing that the DPRK’s move was a territorial violation, and instructed relevant departments to deal with it seriously. After a few hours, South Korea sent fighter jets to launch three precision air-to-surface missiles into the northern high seas to warn North Korea.

South Korean President Yoon Seok-wook

South Korean President Yoon Seok-wook

South Korea and the United States launched a five-day joint air force exercise on Monday, as North Korea’s threat to use nuclear weapons exacted its heaviest price for the United States and South Korea. South Korea’s Joint Staff said North Korea fired three short-range ballistic missiles from the Wonsan area of ​​Gangwon Province into the east sea at around 8:51 am yesterday, one of which landed in the eastern seas south of the northern border separating the waters between the two Koreas. The specific location is 26 kilometers south of the northern border of the east sea, 57 kilometers east of Sokcho City, and 167 kilometers northwest of Ulleungdo. Although it is high seas, considering that the width of the territorial sea of ​​South Korea is 12 nautical miles (about 22 kilometers) from the baseline of the territorial sea, the landing place is very close to the territorial waters of South Korea.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula in South Korea

The situation on the Korean Peninsula in South Korea

North Korean missile crashes near South Korean territorial waters after split

It is the first time since the split between the two Koreas that North Korea has fired a ballistic missile south of the northern border, which the South Korean military described as “rare and intolerable”. As the missile crossed the border and flew to Ulleungdo, the local air defense warning was issued, calling on residents to go to air defense shelters. Regarding the 100 artillery shells that North Korea subsequently fired from the east, which landed in the maritime military buffer zone reached by the two Koreas in an agreement signed in 2018, the South Korean military said that the North Korean artillery shells had broken’ the agreement.

The South Korean military also noted that the time and location of the North Korean missile launch was different, and it was the first time this year that more than 10 missiles of different types were launched at multiple points. Analysis believes that the launch of different types of missiles by the DPRK could increase the difficulty of interception. Since 1984, North Korea has fired about 200 missiles into the East China Sea or the Yellow Sea, but no missiles to the south have directly threatened South Korea. In the worst case, in November 2010, North Korea fired artillery shells at the South Korean front on Yeonpyeong Island, killing four people, including two civilians.

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