S. Korea Military: North Korea Fires Short-Range Missile toward Yellow Sea
20:01 JST, March 9, 2023 (updated at 20:45 JST)
SEOUL (Reuters) — North Korea on Thursday fired a short-range ballistic missile toward the Yellow Sea, located between China and the Korean Peninsula, South Korea’s military said. The launch follows a statement on Tuesday by Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of leader Kim Jong Un, that any move to shoot down one of North Korea’s test missiles would be considered a declaration of war.
The missile was fired at about 6:20 p.m. from around the North Korean city of Nampo, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
On Tuesday, North Korea blamed a joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea for growing tensions, state media KCNA said.
The United States and South Korea will conduct large-scale military exercises known as the “Freedom Shield” drills starting next week.
“Since September 2022, North Korea has timed its missile launches and military demonstrations to counter U.S.-South Korea exercises probably to attempt to coerce the United States and South Korea to change their behavior,” U.S. intelligence agencies said in a threat assessment report on Wednesday.
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