North Korea launched four more short-range ballistic missiles into the western Yellow Sea on Saturday, the South Korean military reported.

The missile launch comes as the United States and South Korea finished six days of military exercises, dubbed the “Vigilant Storm”, involving hundreds of military personnel, which Pyongyang claimed was practical for a full-scale invasion.

A television screen shows an image of the file of a North Korean missile launch during a news program at the train station in Seoul, South Korea, on October 14, 2022.
(AP Photo / Ahn Young-joon)

SOUTH KOREA SCRAMBLE JETS NORTH KOREA LAUNCHES 180 FLIGHTS TO THE BORDER

North Korea responded to these previously planned exercises by launching dozens of short-range ballistic missiles and is suspected of attempting to deploy an ICBM in a failed test.

Washington and Seoul have extended their joint military exercises in response to North Korea’s aggressive tactics.

Saturday’s launches began shortly after 11:30 in North Korea and lasted for nearly 30 minutes, Reuters reported.

The short-range ballistic missiles traveled about 80 miles offshore and reached an altitude of 10 miles.

This Saturday, August 10, 2019, the photo provided by the North Korean government shows what is said to be the launch of a short-range ballistic missile from the east coast of North Korea.

This Saturday, August 10, 2019, the photo provided by the North Korean government shows what is said to be the launch of a short-range ballistic missile from the east coast of North Korea.
(Korean Central News Agency / Korean News Service via AP)

USA AND SOUTH KOREA EXTEND AIR FORCES AFTER ICBM NORTH KOREA FIRE

Concerns have increased that Pyongyang may prepare to resume nuclear tests for the first time since 2017, and leaders of the world’s major democracies have called on North Korea to “abandon” its nuclear program and “any other weapons of mass destruction. and ballistic missile programs “.

The G7 on Friday urged “the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,] immediately stop its destabilizing activity, fully comply with all legal obligations under the relevant UNSCR [United Nation’s Security Council Resolutions]”and respect international nuclear safeguards.

South Korea was forced to take off 80 military jets on Friday after Pyongyang deployed some 180 warplanes near the shared military demarcation line that divided the two nations after the Korean War ended in 1953.

In this photo distributed by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un applauds during a fire trial of what is said to be a Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), at an unknown location in North Korea on March 24, 2022.

In this photo distributed by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un applauds during a fire trial of what is said to be a Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), at an unknown location in North Korea on March 24, 2022.
(AP)

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North Korea called on the United States and South Korea to stop “provocative” air exercises after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced Thursday that the exercises would be extended to ensure US and US capabilities. South Korea “to fight tonight if necessary.”

A spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry released a statement on Friday warning that “a sustained provocation is bound to be followed by a prolonged reaction,” Reuters reported.

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