Just After North Korean drones cross the border, South Korea first fires warning shots

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South Korea claims that after North Korean drones violated its airspace, it fired warning shots.

A number of unmanned North Korean drones crossed the Korean peninsula on Monday, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea.

Drones from North Korea are now flying over South Korea for the first time since 2017.

Three days prior to the incident on Monday, South Korea claimed that North Korea had conducted two test launches of short-range ballistic missiles.

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The North claims that the missile launches are in retaliation for the extensive military drills that South Korea and the US are now conducting, which it describes as “aggressive and provocative.”

In what was interpreted as a subliminal threat to deploy nuclear weapons, Pyongyang threatened on Tuesday that they would pay “the most horrific price in history” if they maintained their joint military exercises.

North Korea’s “escalatory launch of ballistic missiles” was denounced by both South Korea’s Park Jin and the US’ Antony Blinken.

As tensions have increased, the North has conducted a record number of missile tests this year.

Pyongyang has conducted six nuclear tests between 2006 and 2017 and is rumored to be contemplating a seventh despite punishing sanctions. In defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, it has kept developing its military capacity, threatening its neighbors and perhaps even putting the US mainland within striking distance.

The skirmishes started with Pyongyang firing missiles into South Korean territorial seas, setting off air raid alarms on Seoul-controlled Ulleung Island. Residents were instructed to leave the area and seek refuge underground.

The Northern Limit Line (NLL), a contentious maritime border between the two Koreas, was crossed by one ballistic missile.

The closest a North Korean missile has ever come, even though it fell outside South Korea’s territorial waters.

According to international law, a country can only formally claim a territory that extends 12 nautical miles offshore.

The peninsula has already seen more than 50 missile launches from North Korea in 2022, including one ballistic missile that sailed over Japan, and tensions have been growing.

A US nuclear-powered submarine made its way to the South Korean coast on Monday to take part in the most recent of a series of joint US-South Korean drills that started in August.

These “Vigilant Storm” drills, which involve hundreds of military aircraft from both Seoul and Washington, are the biggest ever.

 

 

 

 

 

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