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North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Hours Before South Korea-Japan Summit

North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Hours Before South Korea-Japan Summit

Ballistic missile was fired by North Korea into the sea between Japan and the Korean Peninsula hours before South Korean president Yoon Suk Yeol was scheduled to fly to Tokyo to attend a rare summit.

North Korea has this week been launching missiles on a daily basis amidst the ongoing joint military drills between South Korea and the United States that have been condemned by Pyongyang as hostile actions.

However South Korea’s joint Chiefs of staff in a statement on Thursday said at least one ballistic missile of unknown type has been fired by North Korea off its east coast.

Yoon will be visiting Japan to attend a summit with Japan’s prime minister Fumio Kishida the first of its kind summit being held in more than a decade as part of the two government’s effort to overcome economic,political and historical disputes in the name of better co-operation to counter different challenges.

The two US Allie’s also agreed to provide each other with real time tracking of missile launches by North Korea and have promised to deepen military co-operation.

Two short range ballistic missile were fired by N. Korea in its first launch since the maneuvers the biggest in five years started as per the South Korean military.

The drills called Freedom Shield started on Monday and will continue for more 10 days. Seoul’s military in a rare move revealed this month that military exercises called “Teak Knife” are being staged by the two allies which includes simulating precision strikes on important facilities in North Korea before the Freedom Shield.

The focus of Freedom Shield exercises is on the changing security environment because of redoubled aggression of North Korea,the allies said.

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