Seoul, South Korea (AP) —A few days after North Korean leaders, South Korean troops said North Korea fired a suspicious cannon at the sea on Sunday. Kim Jong-un He sought stronger defenses to deal with external threats.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that it had detected several orbits of what appears to be North Korean artillery on Sunday morning.South Korea said it was solid Military preparation in close collaboration with the United States Surveillance of North Korea is being strengthened.
According to the South Korean president, South Korean officials have expressed concern at a national security conference convened to discuss alleged launches that North Korea is upgrading its weapons system that poses a direct threat to South Korea. We reaffirmed that we will take strict measures against such North Korean efforts. office.
North Korean artillery tests have received less outside attention than missile launches. However, forward-deployed long-range artillery poses a serious security threat to South Korea’s populous metropolitan areas, only 40-50 km (25-30 miles) from the North Korean border.
The suspicious artillery launch is the latest in a series of weapons tests by North Korea this year, and foreign experts have asked rivals Washington and Seoul to ease international sanctions on North Korea and make other concessions. We call it an attempt to apply pressure.
South Korean and US officials recently said North Korea was almost ready for its first nuclear test in about five years. In March, North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the continental United States in violation of the 2018 large missile test moratorium.
In a speech at the ruling party last week, Kim emphasized the need to strengthen his country’s military power and said the current security environment is “very serious.”
Kim’s speech, reported by state media, did not mention the United States or South Korea. However, he still set up a “radical mission” pursued by his army and scientists, a proposal that he would push forward with his attention-grabbing weapons upgrade program.
The possibility of a new nuclear test by North Korea will be the seventh of its kind. Some experts say North Korea is likely to use tests to build warheads on tactical nuclear weapons aimed at attacking South Korean targets.