North Korea is reported to have tested artillery fire from its multiple rocket launchers amid rising military tensions on the peninsula.
According to Yonhap News Agency, the reclusive nation fired four shots that fell into the Yellow Sea. The shots were fired from an unidentified location in South Pyongan province, the news agency added citing South Korean military officials.
However, other details of the test firings, including the type of weapons launched and the range of the missiles, were not immediately clear.
After the test firings, South Korea’s Unification Ministry spokesman Lee Jong-joo told Yonhap: “(We) again urge North Korea to immediately cease unilateral actions that create tensions and go against the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula, and to choose the path of dialogue and cooperation that we and the international community have proposed”.
Notably, North Korea has ramped up missile testing this year, firing a record number in January.
This includes testing the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile, the first since 2017. The missile would be capable of striking the US territory of Guam in the Pacific.
Recently, US Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) has increased its Yellow Sea surveillance and reconnaissance collection in response to missile launches.
Last year, South Korea approved a $2.6 billion artillery interceptor system installation program to protect its population from long-range rocket attacks.
About half of the country’s population resides in the capital Seoul and surrounding areas, putting them within range of long-range guns from neighboring North Korea, Reuters reported.