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North Korea fires 17 missiles and more than 100 artillery shells amid growing tension in the region


North Korea on Wednesday launched 100 projectiles, including ballistic missiles, in a single day in a show of power amid ongoing joint military exercises by South Korea and the United States.

Seoul found a missile landing across its de facto maritime border with Pyongyang, the first time since the end of the 1950-1953 Korean War.

South Korea also confirmed about 100 artillery shells and 17 ballistic and other missiles launched by the North.

Japan’s Defense Ministry said North Korea launched a ballistic missile, just hours after launching a barrage of missiles towards waters off the Korean Peninsula.

He added that Pyongyang also fired around 100 artillery rounds into the maritime buffer zone.

Earlier Wednesday, North Korea fired at least 10 ballistic missiles in a single day, reportedly in retaliation for joint air drills by the United States and South Korea.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said it detected the “three short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) from a site in or around the eastern coastal town of Wonsan. North”.

During the latest military escalation on the Korean Peninsula, one of the SRBMs landed near South Korean territorial waters.

It is the first time since the end of the 1950-1953 Korean War that a North Korean missile has flown over its de facto maritime border with the South, Yonhap News reported.

Seoul responded with its fighter jets firing three precision-guided missiles into the waters north of the northern boundary line.

The latest provocation apparently came in protest against the five-day large-scale combined aerial exercises by South Korea and the United States that began on Monday amid growing speculation that Pyongyang could soon conduct a nuclear test.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on Wednesday condemned North Korea’s latest missile strikes and ordered his military to be ready against any further “provocation” from Pyongyang.

Yoon chaired an emergency meeting of the National Security Council and “noted that North Korea’s provocation today was in fact a violation of our territory by a missile that passed through the NLL for the first time since the division,” the agency said in a statement from its office.

“President Yoon Suk-yeol has ordered that strict measures be taken quickly to ensure that North Korea pays a clear price for its provocation,” the office said.

In Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Ministry urged relevant parties “to maintain peace and stability, resolve mutual concerns through dialogue, and prevent the tense situation from escalating.”

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have increased following recent military exercises by South Korea and the United States as well as North Korean missile tests.

Pyongyang launched an “unspecified” ballistic missile on Friday as South Korea was about to wrap up its annual 12-day Hoguk field training exercise, local media reported, citing a military statement.

North Korea also recently fired a short-range ballistic missile into the East Sea, just two days after launching two long-range strategic cruise missiles involving units using “tactical nuclear weapons”.

On Oct. 4, U.S. and South Korean forces held joint live-fire drills after North Korea fired a missile over Japan for the first time in five years.

Tensions in the region began in 2020 when North Korea attacked and blew up the inter-Korean liaison office along the border.

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