Military Tech

published : 2023-09-06

North Korea's Provocative Missile Launches Following US-South Korea Drills

Hermit kingdom continues to protest military cooperation between the US and South Korea

Ahn Young-joon captured the moment of North Korea's missile launch in this photo taken with a Nikon D850.

North Korea's recent missile launches have once again taken the international community by surprise.

Following the conclusion of a U.S.-South Korea joint military exercise, the hermit kingdom fired a series of cruise missiles early Saturday morning.

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff reported that the launch occurred around 4:00 a.m. local time.

In response to the missile tests, the JCS stated, 'While strengthening our monitoring and vigilance, our military is maintaining a full readiness posture in close cooperation with the United States.'

These exercises come amidst escalating tensions between North Korea and the U.S.-South Korea alliance.

Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader of North Korea, has made it clear that he views these joint military drills as a military provocation.

The Ulchi Freedom Shield (UFS) exercise, a collaboration between the U.S. and South Korean militaries, concluded on Thursday.

Kim Jong Un overseeing his military's command post drills, as photographed by the talented Choi Jae-gu using a Canon EOS R5.

However, these drills were a major source of irritation for Kim Jong Un and his regime, leading to a series of dramatic and dangerous stunts.

Earlier in the week, North Korea's military fired two tactical ballistic missiles, simulating 'scorched earth strikes' over South Korean command centers and operational airfields.

The Korean Central News Agency reported that the missiles detonated at a set altitude, indicating that they were simulating the explosions of dummy nuclear warheads.

This tactic is reminiscent of the devastating atomic weapons used during World War II, which were typically detonated above the Earth to maximize their destructive power.

As tensions continue to mount, North Korea's military has been actively preparing for potential conflict.

Supreme leader Kim Jong Un was personally involved in command post drills and was reported to have observed his military rehearsing strategies for occupying the southern half of the Korean Peninsula.

These actions have not gone unnoticed, with the global community expressing concern over North Korea's aggressive behavior.

Amidst escalating tensions, this image shows the joint U.S.-South Korea military exercise, snapped by Lee Ji-eun with a Sony A7R III.

Not only has North Korea launched multiple missiles, but they have also failed in their recent attempt to deploy a satellite into orbit.

The country's National Aerospace Development Administration has announced plans to try again in October.

In addition to its provocative military actions, North Korea has been making efforts to strengthen alliances with countries like China and Russia, drawing condemnation from the U.S., Japan, U.K., and South Korea.

The potential arms deal between Russia and North Korea has raised alarm bells among these nations.

It remains to be seen how this complex situation will unfold and whether diplomatic efforts can defuse the escalating tensions in the region.