North Korea fired four short-range ballistic missiles into the western sea on Saturday morning, said South Korean military, adding the missiles flew about 80 miles at an altitude of about 12 miles.
North Korea has launched a series of missiles this week, including a possible failed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), drawing condemnation from Washington, Seoul and Tokyo and raising speculation it could be readying for the resumption of nuclear testing for the first time since 2017.
Saturday’s launch, fired between 11:31 a.m. and 11:59 a.m. KST, (22:21 and 22:59 p.m. Friday ET) comes as the United States and South Korea wrapped up a six-day Vigilant Storm exercise that began on Oct. 31.
The joint military exercise involved some 240 military aircraft and two U.S. strategic bomber B-1B, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
This is the first time the B-1B has been deployed in U.S.-South Korean drills since 2017, which shows “the combined defense capabilities and determination of the Republic of Korea and the U.S. to resolutely respond to any provocations from North Korea, and the will of the U.S. to implement a strong commitment to extended deterrence,” JCS said in a statement.
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