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North Korea tally: 6 ballistic missiles, 80 artillery shells

SEOUL — North Korea stepped up military action Nov. 3 after an apparent failure of an intercontinental ballistic missile launched toward Japan and an announcement of an extension to a U.S.-South Korean military exercise.

Pyongyang fired six ballistic missiles on November 3, followed by around 80 artillery shells, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The South Korean military immediately warned Pyongyang of artillery fired near its border.

“Such provocations upset the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the international community and must be stopped immediately,” the military said.

The ICBM’s launch at around 7:40 a.m. likely ended in failure, according to the South Korean military, as the missile lost speed after the rocket’s second stage detached.

Defense sources said the ICBM was likely a new type of Hwasong-17 missile. Reaching a speed of Mach 15, the missile flew about 760 kilometers and reached an altitude of about 1,920 km.

The Japanese Ministry of Defense initially believed the missile would fly over Japanese territory, but this assessment was later revised after the missile disappeared from radar.

Two short-range ballistic missiles were also launched on the morning of November 3 while three missiles were fired later that evening.

All six missiles landed in the Sea of ​​Japan, outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

After the missile launches, the U.S. and South Korean militaries announced they would extend the joint air force exercise that was originally scheduled to end Nov. 4.

Since late September, North Korea has launched a large number of missiles to counter US military maneuvers in the region.

Although many are short-range missiles, a North Korean ICBM flew over Aomori prefecture in northern Japan on October 4.

On November 2, North Korea fired more than 20 missiles, including one that landed near the sea border with South Korea.

(This article was compiled from reports by Kiyohide Inada and Takuya Suzuki.)