North Korea fires more than 130 shells as warning during US-South Korea military exercises


North Korea fired more than 130 shells into waters early Monday morning in retaliation for South Korea’s joint military exercises with the United States, according to the Korean People’s Army (KPA).

An unidentified KPA spokesperson said: statement The state-run KCNA news agency said a barrage of artillery shells was fired from multiple rocket launchers on the east and west coasts between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm local time.

North Korea said it carried out the launch after detecting dozens of “projectiles” fired from South Korea near its shared border, a claim South Korea has denied.

The General Staff Headquarters of the Korean People’s Army once again clarified that it will liquidate the enemy’s provocations one by one and respond with resolute and overwhelming military action.

“We urge the enemy to immediately cease any military actions that escalate tensions in the immediate vicinity of the line of sight,” he added. Be alert and avoid unnecessary escalating flames of tension around the front line.”

South Korea said the shelling violated a 2018 inter-Korean agreement aimed at reducing hostile military activity between the two Koreas because some of the shells landed within a maritime buffer zone near the sea border.

The 2018 Comprehensive Military Agreement (CMA) was the most substantive agreement to come out of months of talks between Chairman Kim Jong-un and then-South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

In a statement, the defense ministry said South Korea had sent several warning messages to North Korea following the firing, but did not provide further details.

Extended drill during North launch

South Korea and the United States have stepped up joint military exercises this year, saying they are necessary to deter a nuclear-armed North Korea.

On Dec. 5, the two countries jointly conducted a land-based shooting exercise near the border in Cheorwon County, in the central part of the Korean Peninsula, which will continue until Dec. 6.

North Korea has criticized the US-South Korea military drills as a “rehearsal for aggression.” In response to joint exercises in mid-October, North Korea fired more than 500 shells into the sea within the buffer zone, in violation of the 2018 agreement.

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South Korean soldiers participate in a river crossing exercise with US forces in Yeoju, South Korea, October 19, 2022. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

The increase in exercises between the United States and South Korea comes after reports emerged that North Korea has resumed testing long-range ICBMs for the first time since 2017 and is ready to resume nuclear tests.

In early November, North Korea called for a moratorium on increasing training, saying “recklessness and provocation are no longer acceptable.” Meanwhile, the United States said it would continue military exercises amid concerns about North Korea’s nuclear test.

“The priority should be to deter the use of nuclear weapons by giving them a clear sense that if North Korea tries to use them, it will bring an end to the North Korean regime and annihilate it completely. At the end of October, Minister Lee Jong-sup said through Yonhap News:

President Yoon Suk-yeol, who took office earlier this year, has called for a tougher stance on North Korea and a stronger US security commitment to the nation’s defense as the country escalated its missile launches this year. there is

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Lorenz Duchamp

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Lorenz Duchamps is a news writer for NTD, a sister publication of The Epoch Times, focused primarily on US, world and entertainment news.