A South Korean self-launched Xuanmo-2 missile crashed unexpectedly and caused a fire, causing residents to panic for a while.

(Associated Press)

Fires two short-range ballistic missiles each

[Compiled by Zhang Peiyuan/Comprehensive Report] In response to North Korea's recent launch of a ballistic missile over Japan, South Korea and the US military conducted a rare missile exercise on the 5th, launching four US-made short-range ballistic missiles into the sea; The US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan has returned to the eastern waters of the Korean Peninsula and will participate in joint US-Japan-South Korea military exercises on the 6th.

4 bullets hit accurately and 1 failed to fire

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said on the 5th that the U.S. and South Korean militaries conducted joint surface-to-surface missile fires into the eastern waters of the Korean Peninsula in response to North Korea's provocative launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) on the 4th. Two short-range ballistic missiles of the "Army Tactical Missile System" (ATACMS) have a range of about 300 kilometers, and all four missiles hit the target accurately.

However, the South Korean military also admitted that a self-launched domestically produced pre-made attack weapon "Hyunmoo-2" (Hyunmoo-2) missile deviated from its normal flight trajectory shortly after liftoff and crashed at the launch base; although no casualties were caused However, the fire caused by the failed missile launch once caused panic among the people, and the South Korean military has apologized for this.

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Reagan strike group returns to Korean peninsula

The Yonhap news agency also said that the USS Reagan strike group, which had left the US-ROK joint military exercise in South Korea at the end of September, has returned to the high seas in the eastern part of the Korean Peninsula and will participate in the six-day joint US-Japan-South Korea joint naval exercise.

The report said that in addition to the USS Reagan, the USS Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Chancellorsville, USS Bock-class guided missile destroyers USS Berry and USS Bamford, as well as ships of the South Korean Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, will also be deployed. Participate in drills.

It is rare for the Reagan strike group to return and return. The South Korean side said that this shows the firm determination of the US-ROK alliance to respond to the successive provocations of North Korea. In addition, the 6-day military exercise is also the first time that the US, Japan and South Korea have been held in the eastern waters of the Korean Peninsula for two consecutive weeks. The purpose of the joint military exercise to strengthen the deployment of U.S. military strategic assets and deepen the trilateral cooperation between the United States, Japan and South Korea is self-evident.

North Korea has launched short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM) several times during the U.S.-South Korea joint military exercise in late September. Once.

On the fourth day, the United States and Japan dispatched four and eight fighter jets respectively to conduct joint exercises in the airspace west of Kyushu, while South Korea dispatched fighter jets to launch two Joint Directed Attack Bombs (JDAM) at targets in the Yellow Sea.

Leaders of Japan and South Korea speak today to strengthen cooperation

A series of provocations by North Korea have prompted high-level interactions between the United States, Japan and South Korea. In addition to the phone call between U.S. President Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on the evening of the 4th, South Korean President Yoon Seok-yue will also have a phone call with Kishida on the afternoon of the 6th. North Korea's launch of intermediate-range missiles will also discuss enhanced cooperation.

The plenary session of Japan's House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution to protest against North Korea on the 5th, accusing North Korea of ​​launching 20 ballistic missiles this year, posing a major and urgent threat to Japan's security, and strongly demanding that North Korea stop provocation.

In order to counter North Korea's launch of a medium-range ballistic missile over Japan on the 4th, South Korea dispatched F-15K fighter jets to conduct bombing exercises on the same day.