A North Korean Missile Hasn't Done This Since Korea Divided

Missile lands near disputed maritime border, possibly crossing it
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2022 12:00 AM CDT
A North Korean Missile Hasn't Done This Since Korea Divided
A TV screen shows a file image of North Korea's missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Hours after threatening to use nuclear weapons in response to the US-South Korea joint military drills, North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile that crossed the sea border separating North and South Korea—the first time that's happened since the two countries divided in 1948, the BBC reports. Other outlets say the missile landed close to the disputed border, but are not clear on whether it crossed. What was clear was that the missile landed further south than any other since the division, the Guardian reports. Seoul says Pyongyang fired about a dozen missiles in total Wednesday, though apparently just one landed near the tense maritime border, the AP reports. It landed 37 miles from the South Korean city of Sokcho, triggering air-raid alarms on Ulleungdo island.

The North Korean missiles were launched from the east and west coasts, CNN reports. In response, South Korea conducted air-to-surface missile tests, firing three precision-guided missiles near the countries' eastern border, Seoul said. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that North Korea's actions were "very unprecedented and we will never tolerate it," and that the country "will strictly and firmly respond under close South Korea-US cooperation." National security meetings have been called in South Korea and Japan in response to the latest missile launches. (More North Korea stories.)

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