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North Korea fires ballistic missiles, marking fourth in per week

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US Vice President Kamala Harris looks towards the north side of the border from an statement post as she visits the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Paju, South Korea, on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

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North Korea fired unspecified ballistic missiles toward the east coast on Saturday, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, marking Pyongyang’s fourth launch in per week because it ratchets up tension within the Korean peninsula.

The launch comes after america and South Korea held the Ulchi Freedom Shield, the largest joint military drill in about five years, and follows U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to South Korea this week.

Japan’s coast guard also reported a minimum of two suspected ballistic missile tests by Pyongyang. NHK, citing a government source, said that a second missile had landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

North Korea fired missiles before and after Harris’ visit to South Korea, extending a record pace in weapons testing this 12 months because it increases the specter of a reputable nuclear power that may strike america and its allies.

Pyongyang also conducted the primary intercontinental ballistic missile test for the primary time since 2017.

Nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches by North Korea have long been banned by the Security Council.

The military didn’t give details of the travel range, height and speed of the missiles.

The isolated country has accomplished preparations for a nuclear test, a window which could open between China’s party congress in October and the U.S. mid-term elections in November, South Korean lawmakers said on Wednesday.

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