North Korea Launches Cruise Missiles Toward Yellow Sea

World | January 25, 2024, Thursday // 09:30
Bulgaria: North Korea Launches Cruise Missiles Toward Yellow Sea

In a move that has raised alarms across the international community, North Korea launched several cruise missiles from its west coast towards the Yellow Sea on Wednesday morning. The Joint Chiefs of Staff in South Korea reported the missile launch, emphasizing that the details are under close analysis by intelligence authorities in both South Korea and the United States.

The capital, Pyongyang, already under strict United Nations sanctions due to its nuclear weapons program, has continued its series of weapons tests in recent months. These tests have included a solid-fueled hypersonic ballistic missile and the unveiling of a purportedly nuclear-capable underwater attack drone. While cruise missile tests are not explicitly prohibited by UN sanctions, they contribute to escalating tensions in the region.

Cruise missiles, propelled by jet engines and flying at lower altitudes compared to ballistic missiles, present a unique challenge. Their ability to evade radar detection heightens concerns for neighboring countries like South Korea and Japan. The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff mentioned ongoing monitoring of North Korea for any further activities, as cruise missiles, though not subject to UN sanctions, could impact regional stability.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have been on the rise, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un accelerating weapons development and issuing provocative threats of nuclear conflict with the United States and its allies. In response, Japan, South Korea, and the US have expanded joint military exercises, further intensifying the situation. The South Korean Navy's special warfare unit recently participated in a 10-day training near the border with North Korea, aimed at enhancing operational readiness in the wake of North Korea's recent military activities.

Adding to the concerns, Kim Jong Un has abandoned the goal of unification with South Korea, designating it as a "primary enemy." Reports also suggest that Kim may have ordered the demolition of a 30-meter-high Pyongyang monument symbolizing reconciliation with South Korea. The situation in the region remains fluid, and international observers closely watch for further developments.

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