South Korea launches 30 fighter jets after Kim Jong-un sent 12 fighter jets near border for bombing practice – hours after ballistic missile tests
- South Korea dispatched 30 fighter jets along with other warplanes today
- This was in response to twelve North Korean fighter jets and four bombers
- North Korean fighter jets flew near the South Korean border
- It happened after Kim Jong-un fired two more ballistic missiles towards Japan
- These missile tests were the sixth round carried out in the last two weeks
South Korea has dispatched 30 fighter jets after Kim Jong-un sent 12 fighter jets near the border in a bombing exercise.
Eight North Korean fighter jets and four bombers flew in a scary formation and reportedly conducted air-to-ground gunnery drills today, Seoul officials said.
In response, South Korea has launched 30 fighter jets along with other warplanes, in a move the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) have said has been unseen over the past year.
South Korean media said the North Korean planes were likely within a few dozen kilometers of the border.
It came hours after more ballistic missiles were fired at Japan, in North Korea’s sixth round of tests in the past fortnight.
South Korea has dispatched 30 fighter jets after Kim Jong-un sent 12 warplanes near the border in a bombing exercise (Pictured: Army F-15K fighter jets South Korean Air Force and US Air Force F-16s fly over the Korean Peninsula in response to the launch of the Korean Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) earlier this week)
Eight North Korean fighter jets and four bombers flew in formation and reportedly carried out air-to-ground firing exercises today, Seoul officials said (pictured: A South Korean F-15K fighter fired two precision bombs JADAM on a firing range on an island in the Yellow Sea on Tuesday)
Yonhap media said the planes flown by North Korea were in “apparent protest” against recent bombing exercises conducted between the United States and South Korea.
Earlier, Kim Jong Un fired two more ballistic missiles towards Japan as tensions with the United States continue to rise.
The missile launch, announced by South Korea’s JCS, was the first since the reclusive regime fired an intermediate-range missile at its eastern neighbor on Tuesday.
The launch, the first of its kind in five years, sparked joint missile drills by South Korea and the United States and a return of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to seas between Korea and Japan.
The latest missile launches suggest that Kim Jong Un is determined to continue testing weapons to bolster his nuclear arsenal in defiance of international sanctions.
Earlier today Kim Jong Un fired two more ballistic missiles towards Japan as tensions with the United States continue to mount (Pictured: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un)
Many experts believe that Kim’s goal is to eventually secure recognition of the United States as a legitimate nuclear state and the lifting of said sanctions, although the international community has so far shown no sign. to allow this to happen.
Thursday’s missiles were launched at 22-minute intervals from the northern capital region and landed between the Korean peninsula and Japan, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
The first missile traveled 350 kilometers (217 miles) and reached a peak altitude of 80 kilometers (50 miles) and the second traveled 800 kilometers (497 miles) over an apogee of 60 kilometers (37 miles).
Details of the flight were similar to Japanese assessments announced by Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada, who confirmed that the missiles did not reach Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
Yonhap media said the North Korean-piloted jets were in ‘apparent protest’ against recent bombing exercises between the US and South Korea (pictured: Army F-15K fighters South Korean Air Force and US Air Force F-16 fighters are participating in a combined combat bombing exercise)
He added that the second missile may have been launched on an “irregular” trajectory.
It’s a term that’s once been used to describe the flight characteristics of a North Korean weapon inspired by the Russian Iskander missile, which travels at low altitudes and is designed to be maneuverable in flight to improve its chances of attack. evade missile defenses.
The South Korean military said it has strengthened its surveillance posture and remains ready in close coordination with the United States. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said North Korea’s continued launches were “absolutely intolerable”.