North Korea fired about 200 projectiles leading to evacuation of two South Korean islands, according to Seoul
North Korea fired about 200 artillery shells near two South Korean islandswhich had to be evacuated, the Seoul government reported and warned that these actions are a “threat to peace” in the region.
“The North Korean army today fired about 200 rounds of fire in the areas of Jangsan-got, in the northeast of Bangnyeong Island, and the areas north (…) of Yeonpyeong Island,” the Ministry of Defense said. South Korean.
“North Korea bears full responsibility for this escalating crisis and we strongly call on it to immediately cease these actions.”South Korean Ministry of Defense
The inhabitants of those two South Korean islands They received evacuation ordersfacing one of the most serious military escalations on the Korean peninsula since Pyongyang fired a series of projectiles in 2010.
Subsequently, the South Korean Defense Ministry denounced in a statement “a provocative act that threatens peace on the Korean Peninsula.”
“We strongly warn that North Korea bears full responsibility for this escalating crisis and we firmly ask you to immediately cease these actions,” the ministry added in a statement cited by the AFP news agency.
The South Korean Navy launched a live ammunition exercise on the border island of Yeonpyeong following North Korean gunfire, local news agency Yonhap reported.
China, which is North Korea’s main international supporter, He called for “restraint” from all parties and requested that they “refrain from taking measures that aggravate tension.”avoid a further escalation of the situation and create the conditions for the resumption of a serious dialogue.”
Relations between the two Koreas are at a moment of tension not seen in decades, after the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, inscribed in the Constitution the country’s vocation as a nuclear power, and tested several intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Hours before the projectiles were fired, Kim called to increase production of missile launchers
At a political meeting at the end of the year, Kim warned of a nuclear attack from the South and called for strengthening the military arsenal in the face of a conflict that he stated could “break out at any moment.”
Hours before the rocket fire, Kim called for increased production of missile launchers in preparation for a “military confrontation” with South Korea and the United States.
The official North Korean agency KCNA showed images of Kim with his daughter Ju Ae in a factory that produces mobile launchers (TEL in English) used for the country’s intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Kim called for “a dynamic effort to increase production,” since, he stated, the country must be prepared “for a military confrontation with the enemy,” KCNA published.
Missiles for Russia
The spokesman for the United States National Security Council, John Kirby, North Korea supplied Russia with missiles with a range of 900 kilometers and that some were used in attacks against Ukraine.
Kim met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia’s Far East in September.
The United States and South Korea then accused North Korea of deliver weapons to Russia for use in large-scale invasion in exchange for satellite technology.
Ukraine, which this Friday was once again the target of attacks with Russian drones, stated that it cannot corroborate at the moment that Russia launched missiles supplied by North Korea against its territory in December.
“Until now, We have no information that this type of missiles have been used“said the spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, Yuri Ignat, on his country’s television.
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