North and South Korea exchange warning shots along disputed sea border amid heightened tensions after North Korea’s recent barrage of missiles
- North and South Korea exchanged warning shots over disputed sea area
- South Korea said it fired shots after a northern merchant ship crossed the border
- In response, North Korea says it fired 10 artillery shells ‘as a warning’
- It comes weeks after heightened tensions over missile tests from the north
North and South Korea say they exchanged warning shots along their disputed western sea border.
The South Korean military says the navy has fired warning shots to repel a North Korean merchant ship it believes has breached the maritime border.
The North Korean military responded by firing ten artillery shells as a warning to South Korea.
There were no reports of clashes between the Koreas.
The incident comes amid heightened tensions over North Korea’s recent barrage of missiles, which in turn led to US and South Korean warplanes carrying out bombings.
Earlier this month, North Korea fired an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile over Japan for the first time since 2017 in a wildly provocative move that is fueling simmering tensions in the eastern Pacific, triggering evacuation warnings in Japan.
North and South Korea have fired warning shots after a merchant vessel from the north allegedly crossed the western sea border by entering southern waters
North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile over Japan earlier this month, prompting Tokyo to encourage residents to evacuate (Photo: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un)
South Korea’s military says the navy has fired warning shots to repel a North Korean merchant ship it says has violated the maritime border (Photo: South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol)
Within hours, America and South Korea retaliated with their own displays of strength and capabilities in the region.
With the participation of four F-15Ks from the South Korean Air Force and four F-16 fighters from the United States Air Force, South Korea’s F-15K fired two JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) bombs at a virtual target on the Jikdo shooting range to the west. Sea,” the Seoul Joint Chiefs of Staff said, referring to the Yellow Sea.
The exercises were designed to demonstrate the “capabilities of the Allies to launch a precision strike at the origin of provocations,” it added.
North Korea’s missile launched from its Mupyong-ri test site, near the border with China, around 7:20 a.m. and passed through Japan’s Tohoku region about five minutes later. Warning sirens sounded and civilians were told to take cover.
South Korean and US fighter jets participate in a joint bombing exercise in this photo provided by the Ministry of Defense, South Korea, October 4, 2022
In this photo from the South Korean Ministry of Defense, the F15K fighter jet of the South Korean Air Force fires 2 JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) bombs at an island target in South Korea, Tuesday, October 4, 2022
North Korea earlier this month test-fired a ballistic missile that flew over Japan’s Tohoku region and flew 1,800 miles into the Pacific Ocean before crashing.
The missile passed over the mainland, landing 1,800 miles off Japan’s east coast before crashing into the Pacific Ocean around 7:45 a.m. — making it the longest-ever missile test in North Korea. No damage was done and no one was injured.
Nevertheless, the test is a clear provocation, likely in response to joint US, South Korean and Japanese naval exercises last week and which North Korean despot Kim Jong Un sees as a rehearsal for an invasion.
It also comes out of a rapid series of North Korean missile tests — now five in ten days — and comes amid US warnings that the country is gearing up for another nuclear test as Pyongyang ramps up tests to build up a full-fledged nuclear arsenal. to build .
The missiles pose a viable threat to US allies and the US homeland with the aim of making concessions from outside, some experts say. The nuclear weapon could reach the US territory of Guam and possibly beyond.