North Korea again launched a ballistic missile towards the Sea of Japan: the US raised fighters
This is the third North Korean missile test on March 12.
North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile seaward off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula today, March 19.
It is reported by Reuters with reference to the Japanese and South Korean military.
The missile was launched from the Dongchangri test site. She rose to a height of 50 km and covered a distance of 800 km. According to the Japanese Coast Guard, the object crashed into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.
After the missile went down, the Japan Coast Guard warned all ships to wait for further information, stay away from dropped items, and report anything suspicious.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the military has stepped up surveillance and vigilance in preparation for additional launches while “maintaining a state of full readiness through close cooperation with the United States.”
Shortly after the launch, the South Korean Ministry of Defense also reported that the US had deployed B-1B strategic bombers for a joint air exercise, which Seoul and Washington said were to strengthen extended deterrence.
Pyongyang's latest test coincides with the spring's joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea, the largest allied military exercise in five years.
In the run-up to the 11-day Freedom Shield exercise, North Korea threatened to take “severe measures against the most vicious plots by the US and its allies.”
This is the third North Korean missile test on March 12. This year, North Korea conducted missile tests on January 1, February 19 and 20. In 2022, the DPRK launched more missiles than ever, with more than 50 missile tests, despite UN Security Council protest resolutions.
Recall that North Korea gathered 800,000 troops for the war against the United States in a day. According to North Korean leader Kim Jong-in, his country's goal is to have the most powerful nuclear force in the world.