North Korea launches missile into sea as US, South Korea conduct military drills
North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile toward the sea on Sunday, testing activities that appear to be in response to ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills.
This range suggests the missile could target South Korea.
The chief nuclear envoys from South Korea, Japan and the U.S. strongly condemned the missile launch as a provocation threatening peace on the Korean Peninsula and in the region.
During drills on Sunday, the U.S. flew at least one long-range B-1B bomber for joint aerial training with South Korean warplanes, according to South Korea's Defense Ministry.
North Korea is wary about the deployment of B-1Bs, which are capable of carrying a large conventional weapons payload.
The country had responded to B-1B flights in February by test-launching missiles to ranges that showed they can reach some military airbases in South Korea.
The launch was the North’s third round of weapons tests since the U.S. and South Korea began their joint military drills on Monday.
US-SOUTH KOREA DRILLS DETER NORTH KOREA, PENTAGON CLAIMS HOURS AFTER NORTH KOREA LAUNCHES ICBMNorth Korea recently tested weapons including its longest-range Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile designed to strike the U.S. mainland.
Yoon and Kishida agreed during the summit to resume conversations about defense and further strengthen security cooperation with the U.S. to counter North Korea.
North Korea has missiles that put Japan within striking distance.
In October, North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over northern Japan forcing communities to issue evacuation alerts and stop trains.
According to North Korean state media, those missiles were a demonstration of its commitment to respond with "overwhelming powerful" force to the military drills by the U.S. and South Korea.