N. Korea fires seven ground-to-air missiles
TOKYO: North Korea has test-fired seven ground-to-air missiles into the East Sea (Sea of Japan), Seoul’s Yonhap News Agency reported Firday, citing the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
The North Korean military “fired multiple rounds of ground-to-air missiles into the East Sea at around 6-7 p.m. yesterday,” the JCS said in a brief statement, according to the repoort.
The JCS believes that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attended the test-firing, its officer was quoted as saying. The firing “appears to be the North’s provocations in opposition to the South Korea-US joint military exercises, joint exercises,” the JCS said, adding the South Korean military has strengthened the readiness posture and plans to solidify the alliance through the exercises.
Seoul and Washington kicked off their joint annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military exercises on March 2 as part of efforts to improve the combined forces’ operation and combat capabilities to deter threats from the communist country. The two-week war game Key Resolve, which ended Friday, mobilized about 10,000 South Korean and 8,600 American troops to test various scenarios, while the field training exercise Foal Eagle involved a set of land, sea and air maneuvers, from March 2 to April 24 by 200,000 Korean and 3,700 American troops