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Summary of foreign news in North Korea this week

ByJanice K. Merrill

Oct 7, 2022

SEOUL, Oct. 07 (Yonhap) — Here is a summary of foreign news in North Korea this week.

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Combined South Korean and United States naval exercise in the East Sea

SEOUL – South Korea and the United States on Friday began another joint naval exercise, involving a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, in waters east of the Korean Peninsula to bolster allies’ operational capabilities against North Korean provocations, Seoul’s military said.

Allied navies kicked off the two-day maritime maneuver exercises in international waters of the East Sea with a plan to stage operations later to escort the USS Ronald Reagan to waters southeast of the southern Jeju Island, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

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(3rd LD) Yoon and Japan’s Kishida strongly condemn North Korea’s missile launches

SEOUL (Reuters) – President Yoon Suk-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida spoke by phone on Thursday and strongly condemned North Korea’s recent missile strikes while agreeing on the need to warn the regime that his provocations will have consequences, the presidential office said.

The 25-minute phone call came two days after North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan in its boldest provocation in years, sending the Japanese people rushing to evacuate and suspend railway operations in certain regions.

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South Korea, the United States and Japan hold joint naval exercises in the East Sea involving the Reagan Carrier Group

SEOUL – South Korea, the United States and Japan held another joint naval exercise in the East Sea on Thursday, focused on countering North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, Seoul’s military said. .

The drill involving the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier strike group opened in international sea waters hours after North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles, state leaders said. joint major

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South Korean, US, Japanese nuclear envoys condemn North Korea’s missile provocation

SEOUL — Top South Korean, U.S. and Japanese nuclear envoys strongly denounced North Korea’s recent back-to-back missile provocations during phone talks on Thursday, according to the Seoul Foreign Ministry.

Kim Gunn, special representative for peace and security affairs on the Korean Peninsula, and his US counterpart, Sung Kim, have expressed “serious concerns” over Pyongyang’s test-firing of two short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs). ) Earlier in the day. The provocation came two days after an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) was launched over Japan.

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(3rd LD) Aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan returns to East Sea after North Korea launches IRBM

SEOUL — A U.S. aircraft carrier returned to waters east of South Korea on Wednesday to take part in a trilateral exercise with South Korea and Japan, Seoul officials said, during a demonstration of force after North Korea launched a ballistic missile earlier this week.

The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier left the waters last week after embarking on a bilateral naval exercise with South Korea and then a trilateral one also involving Japan.

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(3rd LD) Allies fire 4 missiles in East Sea in response to North Korea’s provocation: military

SEOUL — South Korea and the United States fired four surface-to-surface missiles into the East Sea on Wednesday in joint exercises, a day after the launch of North Korea’s intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) , according to the South Korean military.

The two sides each launched two missiles from the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), which accurately hit fictional targets and demonstrated the allies’ deterrent capability, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. ).

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(LEAD) Biden condemns North Korea missile launch: White House

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Joe Biden strongly condemned North Korea’s firing of a long-range ballistic missile during a call with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the White House said Tuesday.

The call came after the North launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) into Japanese territory on Tuesday (Seoul time).

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South Korean F-15K fighter fires 2 JADAM precision bombs in response to NK missile launch

SEOUL — A South Korean F-15K fighter fired two JADAM precision bombs at a firing range on an island in the Yellow Sea on Tuesday, in response to the launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) by South Korea. North earlier in the day, the military said.

Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the F-15K dropped the Joint Direct Attack Munition bombs on a range target on the uninhabited island of Jikdo following aerial exercises with fighter jets Americans as part of a combined strike package.

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North Korea prepares for new ICBM and SLBM tests, Seoul ministry says

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea is preparing for test launches to master technologies for new intercontinental ballistic missiles and liquid-fueled submarines while remaining ready for a nuclear test, the South Korean ministry said on Tuesday. of the defense.

The ministry made the assessment in a political report to a parliamentary audit that began just hours after North Korea fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) at Japan in its first IRBM launch. in eight months.
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