Seoul: North Korea fired a series of artillery shells

The South Korean military said on Monday that North Korea fired a series of artillery shells over the weekend, just days after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said it would use “force against force” to defend its sovereignty. country.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said the South Korean military detected “several flight routes” believed to be North Korean artillery shells between 8:07 am (11:07 pm GMT) and 11:03 am on Sunday. The commission recalled that Seoul is always ready for a decisive military response in collaboration with its American ally.

North Korea’s official news agency usually reports any test of successful weapons within 24 hours, but did not mention Sunday’s rocket launches or any recent missile launches.

The National Security Bureau of the South Korean Presidency held a meeting Sunday evening to discuss artillery fire and to reaffirm Seoul’s position to “respond calmly and firmly” to provocations from Pyongyang, the presidency announced. .

The presidency indicated that the artillery shells fired on Sunday morning were of the “conventional” type, with a relatively low height and short range.

North Korea, one of the most militarized countries in the world, has led several test military since the beginning of the year, including the launch of dozens of ballistic missiles towards the Sea of ​​Japan. Pyongyang has stepped up efforts to improve its weapons program questyear despite the severe economic sanctions.

Despite the outbreak of Covid in North Korea, new satellite images showed that Pyongyang had resumed building a long-suspended nuclear reactor.

The United States and South Korea have been warning for weeks that the Kim Jong Un regime could lead a seventh test nuclear.

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