North Korea resorted to firing two missiles into the sea, near the area where U.S. and South Korea’s joint military exercises are happening, BBC News reported.
North Korean missiles speak louder than the rhetoric given by Kim Jong Un, who threatened war against the United States ahead of an eight-week joint military exercise with South Korea. The exercise, named Foal Eagle, consists of air, ground and naval training with 200,000 Korean and 3,700 U.S. troops. A computer-simulated drill named the Key Resolve is going to accompany the military exercise during this week.
The 490 km-ranged missiles have been fired from Nampo into the eastern coast of the Korean peninsula, informed the South Korean military.
Kim has told the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), “The prevailing situation where a great war for national reunification is at hand requires all the KPA (Korean People’s Army) units to become (elite) Guard Units fully prepared for war politically and ideologically, in military technique and materially.”
The statement vindicates North Korea’s belief that the drills are precursors to invade their land. Seoul and Washington, D.C. maintains that the drills are performed for peaceful defense purposes.
The missiles fired can be Scud Cs or Scud Ds, said South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The South Korean military is now watchful against more strikes from North Korea, according to Fox News. The North Korean military is against the military exercises, condemning it as “undisguised encroachment” on national sovereignty.
The rhetoric started flowing, with North Korean military adding that US-South Korean aggression would be dealt with “merciless strikes”, according to KCNA news agency.
Tensions surged in 2013 because of the joint exercises, with North Korea threatening nuclear strikes to the South.
North Korea has carried out three nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013.