North Korea fires ‘multiple cruise missiles’ into Yellow Sea

The Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said on Saturday that North Korea fired “several cruise missiles” into the Yellow Sea between the Korean Peninsula and China.

According to the same source, the shooting occurred at around 4 a.m. local time (7 p.m. GMT Friday). They come three days after two ballistic missiles, this time in the Sea of ​​Japan, on the opposite east coast.

“South Korean and US intelligence are analyzing the launch while monitoring for signs of additional activity,” the South Korean military said.

The new military test also comes two days after Pyongyang declared that a US nuclear submarine stop in South Korea “could come under the terms of use” of its own nuclear weapons.

The threats, to which Seoul responded the next day, affirmed that any response to such attacks would spell “the end” of Kim Jong Un’s regime.

The North Korean leader described his country’s nuclear power status as “irreversible” in 2022 and called for strengthening its arsenal, in particular tactical nuclear weapons.

The latest cruise missile launch comes as US soldier Travis King crossed into North Korea from the south on Tuesday and is believed to be held there by authorities, according to the US military.

The soldier, who was serving a prison sentence in South Korea for the assault, was returned to the United States to face disciplinary sanctions. While North Korea had not reported any news about him to Washington on Thursday, the US military said it was “very concerned” about Travis King’s fate and “the way he may be treated”.

South Korean, American and Japanese leaders are also scheduled to meet in the United States in August to strengthen their cooperation in the face of growing threats from Pyongyang.

During the same month, Washington and Seoul are scheduled to begin their main annual joint military exercise, called the Ulchi Freedom Shield.

These exercises are viewed very badly by North Korea, which sees them as rehearsals for an invasion of its territory.

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