MOSCOW, Nov 2 North Korea launches ballistic missiles in the Sea of Japan demonstrate the country's readiness to counter threats coming from outside, and also indicates a general increase in military tension in the world, said Dmitry Mosyakov, head of the Center for Southeast Asia, Australia and Oceania at the Institute of Oriental Studies.
North Korea fired at least 10 missiles into the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea on Wednesday. Three of them definitely fell in the Sea of Japan, moreover, one – in international waters, 26 kilometers south of the Northern dividing line with the DPRK. This rocket flew towards the island of Ulleungdo in the south of South Korea and fell 167 kilometers northwest of this island and 57 kilometers east of the South Korean city of Sokcho, located on the east coast of the country. An air alert was temporarily declared on the island of Ulleungdo.
“North Korea clearly shows that it is a tough nut to crack and that it will be ready at any moment to rebuff any claims in an appropriate manner. Especially since the US-South Korean maneuvers that once again played out the scenario of a landing and an attack on North Korea. Naturally, this cannot but cause a response,” the expert said.
According to him, the world is now experiencing an increase in general tension, and the countries “which are, as it were,” at the forefront “of American threats, they first of all show their readiness to counter these threats.”
Mosyakov noted that the DPRK has long been under the most severe US sanctions and like no country in the world always feels this threat.
“The feeling is that if before that it could have been a serious war, but the chances for it were not so great. This general militarization that is happening now, it turns the war into a kind of continuation of politics. What was extremely unlikely, becomes more and more likely. And here, of course, those countries that feel the primary American threats, they show that they are ready to counter these threats,” he concluded. miles (about 22 kilometers), so in fact the rocket for the first time in the history of the two Koreas fell extremely close to the territory of South Korea. Seoul called it an “exceptional and inexcusable” case.
The DPRK does not recognize the NLL boundary line, saying that it was unilaterally established by Seoul and the UN command after the end of the Korean War (1950-1953). This time, North Korea launched ballistic missiles for the first time in the direction of South Korean territories, including Ulleungdo Island.
This is already the DPRK's 26th test of ballistic missiles this year, and three launches of cruise missiles took place, a total of 29 missile tests.< br>