North Korea: The latest in a string of weapons tests, two short-range ballistic missiles were shot by North Korea on Tuesday off its east coast, according to the South Korean military. This came as the South and the United States conducted their biggest joint military exercises in years. The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of South Korea reported that the missiles were launched from the South Hwanghae province, close to the nation’s west coast, at roughly 7:40 am (2240 GMT) on Monday. The JCS further stated in a statement that the South Korean military was maintaining a full readiness posture while being on high alert in close coordination with the US.
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Fumio Kishida, the prime minister of Japan, stated that his government was gathering information about the missile and that no damage related to the launch had been established domestically. The launch came less than a week after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un commanded the military to step up drills to prevent and prepare for a “real war,” if required. Two days prior, North Korea test-fired two strategic cruise missiles from a submarine.
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A massive 11-day joint exercise between South Korean and US soldiers, code-named “Freedom Shield 23,” started on Monday to tackle the North’s expanding threat. North Korea has historically reacted angrily to the allied drills as an invasion practise. According to Sunday’s media reports, the nation has decided to implement major practical war deterrence measures since the US and South Korea’s war provocations had crossed a critical line. In an endeavor to strengthen its nuclear deterrent and fully operationalize more weapons, North Korea has carried out a record number of missile tests and drills in the last year.