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North Korea fires 1 short-range ballistic missile, 170 artillery rounds

Seoul, October 14 North Korea on Friday fired a short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) and about 170 artillery rounds into maritime “buffer zones” defined under an inter-Korean military tension reduction agreement of 2018, the Seoul Army announced.

The provocative move came after more than 10 North Korean fighter jets staged threatening flights near the inter-Korean border, prompting the South Korean air force to send its F-35A stealth fighters and other active on the scene, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (JCS).

The JCS said it detected the launch of the SRBM from the Sunan area in Pyongyang at 1:49 a.m., and the missile traveled about 700 km at an apogee of 50 km at a top speed of about Mach 6, reports. Yonhap News Agency.

It also detected the northern firing of some 130 artillery rounds into the Yellow Sea from Majang-dong, Hwanghae Province, between 1:20 a.m. and 1:25 a.m., and about 40 artillery rounds into the sea. East from Gueup-ri, Gangwon Province, between 2:57 a.m. and 3:07 a.m.

The artillery fire landed in the eastern and western buffer zones north of the northern boundary line, the de facto inter-Korean maritime border, which were demarcated under the two Koreas’ Comprehensive Military Agreement (CMA) signed on September 19, 2018, to reduce tensions. .

North Korea’s People’s Army later said it had taken “strong countermeasures” in response to what it claims was a 10-hour South Korean artillery exercise.

In response to the latest provocation, South Korea announced on Friday that it had blacklisted 15 people and 16 North Korean institutions as part of its first unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang in nearly five years.

Those on the new list include officials from shipping companies and organizations linked to the North’s missile program, as well as people involved in sourcing supplies of weapons of mass destruction.

“We strongly condemn North Korea for recently staging a series of missile provocations with unprecedented frequency and suggesting the use of tactical nuclear weapons against us,” the foreign ministry said.

It is the first time the South Korean government has imposed sanctions on the North since 2017, after Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test.

This is the first round of sanctions against the North since the launch of the Yoon Suk-yeol administration in May.

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