New threat from North Korea in the region.

North Korea fired two unidentified ballistic missiles into the sea on Monday Japan (called the East Sea in both Koreas), in what is a new response to the large spring maneuvers that are being carried out these days in the south of the peninsula Seoul It is washington.

He Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) confirmed in a statement that the two launches took place in junghwain the province of North Hwanghae (southwest of the country) around 07:47 local time (22:47 GMT on Sunday).

Is about eleventh step carried out this year by North Korea, half of them carried out to replicate South Korea and the United States, which are currently carrying out their biggest joint military maneuvers since 2018.

Tension on the Korean peninsula is growing. Last week, the Pyongyang regime attempted a new nuclear strike underwater drone.

During the maneuvers, which took place from Tuesday to Thursday, the North Korean army mobilized and tested this new weapon system, whose objective is “cause a large-scale radioactive tsunami” with an underwater explosion and destroy enemy ships and ports, according to the news agency KCNA.

FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (seated) and his daughter Kim Ju Ae (left) watch a ballistic exercise unfold at an unspecified location and date in this photo released by North Korea’s Central News Agency on March 20, 2023. KCNA via REUTERS

This nuclear submarine attack drone can be deployed to any coast and port or towed by a surface vessel for operation.said the KCNA.

The drone was deployed off North Korea’s northeast coast on Tuesday and “hit the target point in the waters of Hongwon Bay, established as a simulated enemy port with its test warhead detonating underwater on Thursday afternoon. “, the agency reported today. KCNA.

The apparatus, which exploded “after sailing at a depth of 80 to 150 meters tracing an oval-eight course in the East Sea (name given to the Sea of ​​Japan in the two Koreas) for 59 hours and 12 minutes”, was tested coinciding with the big maneuvers that Seoul and Washington are carrying out these days in the south of the peninsula.

“This weapon’s mission is to stealthily penetrate operational waters and trigger a large-scale radioactive tsunami through an underwater detonation that destroys enemy naval strike groups and key operational ports,” explained the text of KCNA.

According to the text, the weapon began to be developed in 2012 and, after being subjected to 50 different types of tests (29 of which feature Kim Jong-un), its operational deployment was decided at the last plenary session of the Workers’ Party held in December last year.

(With information from EFE)

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