Sight Magazine – North Korea fires artillery shells to send ‘serious warning’ to South Korea

Seoul, South Korea

North Korea fired artillery shells off its east and west coasts on Tuesday night, the South Korean military said, after Seoul launched annual defense drills aimed at bolstering its ability to respond to threats nuclear weapons and missiles from the North.

The North fired about 100 shells into the sea off its west coast around 10 p.m. and fired another 150 shells off its east coast, the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement on Wednesday. .

A North Korean flag flies over the propaganda village of Gijungdong in North Korea, in this photo taken near the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, South Korea, on 19 July. PHOTO: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji/Pool/File Photo.

North Korea later said the firing was intended to send a “serious warning” to South Korea in response to its firing of dozens of artillery shells on Tuesday between 9:55 a.m. and 5:22 p.m.

The general staff of the Korean People’s Army said that “the war exercise of the South against the North is going on frantically”.

“In order to once again send a serious warning, he ensured that the KPA units on the eastern and western fronts fired menacing warning fire towards the eastern and western seas on the night of October 18. , as a powerful military countermeasure,” he added. said in a statement carried by state media KCNA.

“Enemies must immediately stop reckless provocations and inciting escalation of military tension in the foreground area.”

The Hoguk drills, which are due to end on Saturday, are the latest in a series of military drills South Korea has conducted in recent weeks, including joint activities with the United States and Japan.

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