SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea launched multiple cruise missiles toward the ocean on Wednesday, South Korea’s military said, three days after the North carried out what it called a simulated nuclear attack on South Korea.
The launches are the North’s fourth round of weapons tests for the reason that US and South Korean militaries last week began large-scale military drills that the North views as an invasion rehearsal.
The 11-day US-South Korean military drills are to finish on Thursday.
But North Korea is predicted to proceed its testing activities as the USA reportedly plans to send an aircraft carrier in coming days for one more round of joint drills with South Korea.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said it detected “several” cruise missile launches constituted of the North’s northeastern coastal town of Hamhung.
It said the missiles flew into the North’s eastern waters and that South Korean and US intelligence authorities were analyzing further details.
Coming off a record yr in testing activity, the North has prolonged its provocative run in weapons demonstrations in 2023, launching around 20 missiles in 10 separate events.
The weapons that were tested included short-range nuclear-capable ballistic missiles able to striking South Korea and intercontinental ballistic missiles designed to attack the mainland US.
Wednesday’s launches were the North’s first tests of cruise missiles since March 21, when it said it fired two cruise missiles from a submarine.
Last month, North Korea launched what it called 4 long-range cruise missiles that demonstrated potential ranges to strike targets 1,240 miles.
On Sunday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a test-firing of a short-range ballistic missile that was launched from what was possibly a silo dug into the bottom.
North Korea’s state media called the launch a simulated nuclear attack on unspecified South Korean targets.