The North Korean authorities set off all the alarms again with the launch of at least 23 ballistic missiles and conducting a hundred artillery rounds in the last 24 hours.
Pyongyang openly violated this Wednesday the demarcation line in the Sea of Japan in actions that point to a new nuclear test in the coming weeks.
The South Korean Army warned this morning that six other launches were detected of missiles to both the East Sea and the Yellow Sea, including several surface-to-air projectiles.
These launches, which are added to those carried out previously and which include 17 missiles, were carried out in just ten hours and they represent a violation of the military agreement reached between the two Koreas and a violation of the disputed maritime demarcation line in the Yellow Sea.
Four of the missiles were launched from Jeongju and Pihyeon Gun areasin the province of Pyongan, in the north of the country, according to information from the Yonhap news agency.
Pyongyang subsequently fired another three missiles from Wonsan, followed by another ten surface-to-air missiles launched from Nakwon in Jeongpyeong, which led the South Korean authorities to authorize the launch of three ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan in order to deter North Korean forces.
Seoul immediately condemned the rise in tension, especially after one of these missiles fell just 60 kilometers from its coast. Thus, he accused Pyongyang of violating military pacts and ordered the Army to remain undisturbed.
The military considers the latest North Korean actions as a “clear provocation, launched near South Korean territorial waters south of the maritime demarcation line”, something that calls into question “stability and peace on the Korean peninsula”.
That is why the Armed Forces ensured that “will maintain a precautionary posture to respond when necessary and ensure the safety of the South Korean people from any kind of provocation while cooperation with the United States and other allies is discussed.
In this sense, Seoul regrets that the inter-Korean military agreement has turned out to be “useless” given that the launches of both parties included the crossing of missiles over the established delimitation line. The pact completely suspended any hostile action between the two countries in an attempt to avoid “accidental military confrontations”.
South Korean President Yoon Seok Yeol called an emergency meeting of the National Security Council and asked for a “blunt” answer before any “significant attempt to invade the territory”.
For his part, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida confirmed that the country had already submitted a note of protest to the North Korean Embassy in Beijing and stressed that Pyongyang is acting at an “unprecedented pace”, something “unacceptable”.
Kim Jong Un has repeatedly insisted that North Korea’s missile program is part of the legitimate self-defense and the idea of “being ready to mobilize at full capacity” in case of external attack.
The North Korean leader continues to accuse the United States of try to “demonize North Korea” to justify its policies and insists that the measures taken by Washington against the country are purely “illegal and hostile”.
Kim maintains that the attitude of the North American country pushes North Korea, a victim of “dangerous” actions that they place it in a compromised place, one step away from the armed conflict, although the US authorities insist that it is a “pretext” for “new provocations”, according to the State Department spokesman, Ned Price.
The policies promoted by Yoon, who advocates strengthening the alliance with the United States and give a new meaning to the so-called ‘Kill Chain’, Seoul’s system designed to “raze” North Korea in a matter of minutes if necessary, have caused an increase in tension.
The plan includes an air defense system to defeat enemy ballistic missiles, a large-scale protocol to attack Pyongyang and a series of decisive attacks that would kill the main leaders of the country, including Kim Jong Un. However, the idea is mainly to prevent the launch of the missiles in question from the North Korean side.
North Korea is seen by many as preparing to carry out its seventh nuclear test since the last one was held in September 2017.
(With information from Europe Press Y Aristegui News)