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North Korea: Pyongyang launches ballistic missiles during Blinken’s Seoul visit.

By triji Mar 18, 2024

North Korea launched a number of short-range ballistic missiles on March 18, as Secretary of State Antony Blinken of the United States of America was in Seoul on an official visit. A few days after the conclusion of joint military exercises between the United States of America and South Korea, these shots have been fired simultaneously.

According to reports from the Seoul army, North Korea fired a number of short-range ballistic missiles on March 18, during a visit to South Korea by the Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken.

The South Korean military has stated that it “detected the launch of what appears to be multiple short-range ballistic missiles” at approximately 7:44 a.m. (22:44 GMT). These missiles flew approximately 300 kilometers before crashing into the ocean. The East Sea, which is often referred to as the Sea of Japan. As an additional point of interest, the Joint Chiefs of Staff stated that they “share relevant information with the United States and Japan and stand ready to intervene.”

The gunshots take place at the same time as the arrival of the chief of American diplomacy, who arrived in Seoul the previous evening during the situation. According to his entourage, he attended the third democracy summit on Monday and met with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday morning. Additionally, he participated in the summit. It is also a few days after the conclusion of joint military exercises between the United States of America and South Korea.

“These launches, like previous ballistic missile launches in recent years, are in violation of multiple resolutions passed by the United Nations Security Council,” stated a spokeswoman for the State Department. The spokesperson emphasized that these launches “threaten” North Korea’s neighbors and “undermine regional security.” A representative for the organization stated further that “our commitment to the defense of Japan and South Korea remains unwavering.”

There were three short-range ballistic missiles fired, as reported by the Japanese press. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida condemned the North Korean government for conducting “repeated and very frequent” weapons tests. Japan, the region, and the international community are all at risk of having their peace and security compromised as a result of this “series of actions.” He continued by saying, “We do not tolerate it.”

These ballistic missile launches are the second time that Pyongyang has carried out a launch of a machine equipped with a hypersonic warhead in 2024. The first launch of this machine took place on January 14, 2024.

Antonio Blinken arrived in South Korea on Sunday to take part in the third democracy summit, which is being hosted by Seoul from Monday to Wednesday. This summit is an initiative of Vice President Joe Biden of the United States of America. With the goal of strengthening the partnership between Washington and Seoul, Blinken arrived in South Korea. There are representatives from the government, non-governmental organizations, and members of civil society present.

As part of a strategy of “extended deterrence” against the North Korean government, the Secretary of State of the United States of America was also scheduled to meet with his counterpart in South Korea, Cho Tae-yul, to examine the possibility of expanding the alliance between Washington and Seoul.

Thursday marked the conclusion of the yearly large-scale “Freedom Shield” drills that Seoul and Washington have been conducting. These exercises included missile interceptions and air assaults. In comparison to the year 2023, the number of soldier participants has increased by a factor of two.

At the beginning of March, Pyongyang issued a warning that the United States and South Korea would pay a “high price” for the drills. This was followed by an announcement that Kim Jong-un had supervised a large-scale artillery exercise. The exercise, according to Pyongyang, comprised troops bordering the North Korean border that “put the enemy’s capital within their reach.”

“This is a very calculated maneuver on the part of Pyongyang, firing several missiles shows that it is capable of such an act even when the highest American diplomat is on the spot,” Professor Choi Gi-il, an expert in military studies at Sangii University, said in an interview with AFP. Choi Gi-il is a leader in the field of military studies.

It is common practice for North Korea to launch missiles “as a response” following joint military drills between the United States and South Korea, according to Han Kwon-hee, who works for the Korea Association of Industry Studies.

One of Washington’s most important allies in the region is Seoul. In order to provide South Korea with additional protection against the nuclear-armed North Korea, the United States has stationed approximately 27,000 American troops in South Korea.

By triji

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