South Korea issues evacuation warning to island after North Korea launches missile

South Korea’s military said Wednesday that North Korea fired at least 10 missiles into the sea, one of which landed near the maritime border, prompting an evacuation warning to the South Korean island.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said missiles were launched from the North Korean coastal city of Wonsan around 8:51 a.m. local time, one of which crossed the Northern Limit Line (NLL). rice field. report.

The NLL is the de facto sea boundary drawn by the United Nations Command at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

According to JCS, the missile landed 26 kilometers (16 miles) south of NLL, 57 kilometers (35 miles) east of Sokcho, South Korea, and 167 kilometers (103 miles) northwest of Ulleungdo Island.

Local authorities issued an air raid warning at 8:55 a.m. local time, urging residents to evacuate to the nearest underground shelter.Japan said it also detected Ballistic missile from North Korea.

“Respond firmly” to provocation

The JCS said the North Korean missile launch was “intolerable” as the missile landed near the NLL’s South Korean waters for the first time. He said he would “resolutely respond” to North Korea’s provocations.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol to hold emergency national security meeting after launch and take “strict measures” to ensure North Korea “pays a clear price for its provocations” I ordered you.

Yoon also called on the South Korean military to maintain full readiness for “the possibility of additional and high-intensity provocations by North Korea.” Local report.

The missile launch came hours after North Korea warned that it would pay “the most terrible price in history” if the United States and South Korea used military force.

The ruling Labor Party’s secretary, Park Jong-chun, has denounced the joint US-South Korean aviation exercises as “aggressive and provocative” because of the number of fighters involved, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency. report.

“If the United States and South Korea fearlessly seek to use force against North Korea, the special means of the North Korean military will carry out strategic missiles without delay, and the United States and South Korea will face a terrifying incident and will have to pay. It’s the worst price ever,” he said, using North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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A South Korean Air Force F-35A fighter jet takes off from the runway during US-South Korea joint air exercise “Vigilant Storm” at Gunsan Air Force Base, South Korea, October 31, 2022. (Korea Ministry of Defense via Getty Images) )

The United States and South Korea launched a joint airborne exercise known as Vigilant Storm on October 31. The training he will continue until 4 November and will be attended by his 240 aircraft from both sides, as well as RAAF aerial refueling tankers.

North Korea denounced the joint exercise as a “rehearsal for aggression” and fired hundreds of artillery shells at the inter-Korean maritime buffer zone set up by the two sides in 2018.

North Korea’s foreign ministry on Monday made a statement He vows to take “strong follow-up measures” if the US continues its “military provocations.”

“If the United States does not want to see serious developments contrary to its security interests, it should stop all useless and ineffective military exercises. We should take full responsibility for this,” he said.

Aldogra Fredry


Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer covering Asia Pacific news for The Epoch Times.