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Tensions escalate as North Korea fires missiles in retaliation for a South Korean submarine – News

Tensions escalate as North Korea fires missiles in retaliation for a South Korean submarine – News

  • North Korea has conducted missile tests again, the South Korean military reported.
  • The two missiles fell into the sea east of the Korean peninsula.
  • Tensions in the region continue to run high.

According to the General Staff, the missile flew in the direction of the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. This was reported by Yonhap news agency. The military is still analyzing the launch to determine what type of missile was fired.


A South Korean TV report on a North Korean missile test (Photo: Seoul Station, 7/19/23)

AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

On Tuesday, for the first time in 40 years, a US submarine capable of carrying nuclear weapons docked off the coast of the South Korean port city of Busan. A spokesman for North Korea’s defense ministry last week denounced the submarine’s deployment plans, warning it could cause the worst crisis in a nuclear conflict.

Increased tensions

Also on Tuesday, high-ranking security officials from the United States and South Korea met for initial consultations in Seoul to discuss how to deal with North Korea’s provocations. These talks will continue in Japan on Thursday.

Missile tests in North Korea

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According to the leadership in Pyongyang, just last week North Korea tested a new type of solid-fuel long-range missile. UN resolutions prohibit the internationally isolated country from testing ballistic missiles from any range. Depending on the design, these missiles can also be equipped with a nuclear warhead.

Tensions also escalated because a US soldier deliberately crossed the border with North Korea during a visit to the Demilitarized Zone on Tuesday and has been in detention ever since. The soldier was stationed in South Korea. Then US Secretary of Defense Austin said they were monitoring the situation and working to resolve the incident.

North Korea has not yet commented on the incident. Observers do not rule out that the regime in Pyongyang will use American soldiers as a pledge to return to contact with the United States.