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North Korea fires two ballistic missiles

How SEOUL: North Korea fired two ballistic missiles on Thursday and claimed its recent blitz of sanctions-busting tests were necessary countermeasures against joint military drills by the United States and South Korea.

The As the United Nations Security Council met to discuss Pyongyang’s Tuesday launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan, North Korea blamed Washington for escalating the military tensions on the Korean peninsula.

The recent launches six in less than two weeks were just counteraction measures of the Korean People’s Army, Pyongyang’s foreign ministry said in a statement Thursday.

Seoul, Tokyo, and Washington have ramped up joint military drills in recent weeks, including large-scale naval maneuvers and anti-submarine exercises.

The security allies carried out a joint missile defense exercise in waters off the peninsula on Thursday, Seoul’s military said, involving a US navy destroyer from the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier’s strike group.

why That was expected to further solidify operational capabilities and posture to respond to North Korean missile provocations, Seoul’s military said. The United States redeployed the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to waters east of South Korea after Pyongyang’s Tuesday test. North Korea’s foreign ministry slammed the move, saying it posed a serious threat to the stability of the situation on the Korean peninsula.

the Early on Thursday, South Korea’s military said it had detected two short-range ballistic missiles launched from the Samson area in Pyongyang towards the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan.

It appears to be the first time North Korea has fired missiles from Samson, an official from Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters.

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