North Korea fired artillery shells off its east and west coasts on Tuesday, the South Korean military said, after Seoul began annual defense drills aimed at increasing its ability to respond to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.
North Korea fired about 100 projectiles into the sea off its west coast around 10pm (local time) and another 150 off its east coast, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement on Wednesday. local time.
North Korea later said the fire was intended to send a “serious warning” to South Korea in retaliation for dozens of artillery shells fired between 9:55 a.m. and 5:22 p.m. on Tuesday.
The General Staff of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) said, “The South’s war training against the North is going on in a frantic manner.”
“In order to again send a serious warning, KPA units on the eastern and western fronts pledged to conduct a threatening warning fire towards the eastern and western seas on the night of October 18 as a powerful military countermeasure,” he added in a statement carried by state-run KCNA media.
“The adversary must immediately cease reckless and provocations that increase military tension.”
The Hoguk drills, scheduled to end on Saturday, are the latest in a series of military exercises by South Korea in recent weeks, including joint exercises with the US and Japan.
“Music geek. Coffee lover. Devoted food scholar. Web buff. Passionate internet guru.”