North Korea responds with missiles and fighters to the return of the US aircraft carrier

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  • Pyongyang launches two short-range projectiles in the direction of the Sea of ​​Japan

  • Seoul warns that its neighbor will carry out a nuclear test between mid month and beginning of November

North Korea responds with missiles and fighters to the return of the US aircraft carrier

North Korea has fired this Thursday at dawn two missilesand deployed a dozen warplanes in the early afternoon in response to past and future military maneuvers by the United States and its allies in the area. The noise has returned to the Korean peninsula with both parties firmly holding the rudder towards the tension and denouncing the provocations and recklessness of others without paying attention to their own.

It was just a few minutes past 6 a.m. (local time) when two short-range missiles were fired from a district near Pyongyang in the direction of the Sea of ​​Japan. They flew for 370 to 800 kilometers, at a height between 50 and 100 kilometers, and fell before reaching the Japanese Economic Exclusion Zone. The “irregular” trajectory of the second, pointed out Tokyo suggests that it was a projectile designed to evade anti-missile defenses. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called them as “absolutely unacceptable” and spoke during the afternoon with his South Korean counterpart, Yonn Suk-yeol, to advance the joint defense.

North Korean missiles, almost forty so far this year, have lost their ability to surprise. yes eight fighters and four bombers were surprised to fly in formation a few hours later to execute air-to-ground maneuvers with live fire. When the North Korean ships approached what is known as the Special Reconnaissance Line, the security border marked by Seoul, some thirty fighters took off from the south. The immediate response was described by the South Korean Army as “overwhelming”.

'USS Ronald Reagan'

The North Korean bustle of missiles and fighters comes after the massive military maneuvers that the United States has starred alongside South Korea and Japan. The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reaganhe is back in the area for another round of trilateral maneuvers in the next few hours. The South Korean president announced this morning that the US ship had returned to its waters “due to difficult circumstances” when it was already on its way to a new mission.

The war games in the peninsula of the last days they surpass in frequency and magnitude the accustomed ones. There are not many precedents for maneuvers by land, sea and air like the ones that Washington, Seoul and Tokyo have carried out in the last week. The North Korean missile that on Tuesday forced the The Japanese government to suspend trains and ask its population to protect themselves is also not usual. It is necessary to go back to 2017 to find such vigorous provocations. Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump faced imminent threats of mass destruction in those troubled times and only the mediation of former South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, calmed down the waters and propitiated the negotiation for the denuclearization of the peninsula. Those efforts are dismissed by his surrogate in Seoul as “submissive diplomacy.” “Those five years of Moon's peaceful show have led us to a huge security crisis,” he said. recently a high official of the People's Power Party.

Without that brake in Seoul or expectations of dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang, there is no room for optimism. The South Korean spy agency revealed Last week, workers have already prepared a tunnel in Punggye-ri, a usual scene of North Korean nuclear tests, corroborating what the satellite images suggested. The test, which would be the first in five years, will come sometime between the middle of this month and the beginning of the next. South Korean espionage collects failures and ridiculous but his latest prediction sounds plausible.