Koreas launch missiles into neighboring territory for the first time in history

Norte-coreanos diante da bandeira do país durante um comício em apoio à 5ª Reunião Plenária do 7º Comitê Central do Partido dos Trabalhadores da Coreia, na Praça Kim Il Sung, em Pyongyang (5 de janeiro de 2020)
North Koreans in front of the country’s flag during a rally in support for the 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang (January 5, 2020 )| Photo: KIM WON JIN/AFP

South Korea accused this Wednesday (2) North Korea of ​​launching 23 missiles into their territory and retaliated back. It is the first time in history, since the separation of the two countries, in 960, that an invasion of the territory with this type of weapons, according to Seoul.

The launches took place after Pyongyang demand that the United States and South Korea halt military exercises in the region, saying that “such provocation and military recklessness can no longer be tolerated.”

One of the projectiles launched by North Korea fell 960 kilometers south of the Northern Limit Line (NLL), maritime boundary and tension area, at 57 kilometers from the South Korean east coast city of Sokcho and 78 kilometers from Ulleung.


“It constitutes in fact a territorial invasion with a missile that crossed the northern border line for the first time since the division,” the president said. South Korean, Yoon Suk-yeol. In retaliation, the South Korean Armed Forces deployed fighter jets to fire missiles into North Korean territory, above the NLL.

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