North Korea launched several missiles on Saturday after a joint military exercise between the US and South Korea.
The hermit kingdom fired a series of cruise missiles around 4 a.m. (local time) on Saturday, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“As we strengthen our monitoring and vigilance, our military maintains a full state of readiness in close coordination with the United States,” the JCS said in a text message to the press, according to Yonhap News Agency.
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The Ulchi Freedom Shield (UFS) exercise — a joint venture between the US and South Korean militaries — concluded on Thursday.
The exercises were a source of immense irritation to North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and the country’s regime, prompting a series of stunts in response.
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On Wednesday night, the North Korean military fired two tactical ballistic missiles from the capital Pyongyang to practice “scorched earth strikes” against major South Korean command centers and operational airfields, the official Korean Central News Agency said.
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The Army of the North said it saw the missiles detonate at a certain height, suggesting their simulated attacks included the explosions of dummy warheads. Nuclear weapons, such as those used over Japan during World War II, are typically detonated above the Earth, rather than hitting it directly, to increase their devastating potential.
According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un visited an army post where his army was conducting command post exercises in response to the South KoreanUS military training. The paper reported that the North was rehearsing to “occupy the entire territory of the southern half” of the Korean Peninsula.
The North Korean Army failed his second attempt launched a satellite into orbit last week, with the rocket failing in the third stage of the flight. North Korea’s National Aerospace Development Administration said it will try again to launch a spy satellite in October.
The country has also increasingly forged alliances with US adversaries such as China and Russia. The US, Japan, Britain and South Korea issued a statement on Wednesday condemning a possible arms deal between Russia and the DPRK.
Fox News Digital’s Lawrence Richard and Liz Friden contributed to this report.
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