Kim Jong Un’s regime in North Korea has welcomed the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and its strike group with the launch of two short-range ballistic missiles in protest of US military exercises. in the region with its South Korean partner, reports the AP Agency.
He US Navy Carrier Strike Group, consisting of a guided-missile cruiser and several destroyers, docked at a naval base in Busan on Tuesday for the first time since last September. He USS Nimitz it names the aircraft carriers of its class, ten in all. She displaces about 102,000 tons at a top speed of 30 knots. Get your name from Admiral Chester Nimitzwho commanded the Pacific Fleet in the Second World War and was the last five-star admiral in the United States Navy. Each Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is designed to operate for 50 years requiring only a mid-life overhaul.
Experts believe that the North Korean launch may have been timed for the arrival of the USS Nimitz and its strike group, which are taking part in air defense exercises and other drills with South Korean warships in waters near the jeju island.
The two short-range ballistic missiles were thrown from the area of the junghwa county, in Hwanghae province, which borders Pyongyang, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday. The projectiles traveled about 370 kilometers before falling into the sea. He japan army He explained that the missiles flew in an irregular trajectory and reached a maximum altitude of 50 kilometers before landing outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
It is the seventh missile test this month and highlights an increase in tensions in the region, as both North Korea’s weapons tests and joint US-South Korean military exercises have intensified in response to the rival’s moves.
According to the AP agency, North Korea also has another short-range system with similar characteristics that resembles the US Army MGM-140 Tactical Missile System. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said North Korea could further increase its test activity with more missile launches or even conduct its first nuclear test since September 2017.
The South Korean and Japanese militaries denounced the latest launches as serious provocations that threaten regional peace and violate UN Security Council resolutions and said they were working with the United States to further analyze the missiles. He The US Indo-Pacific Command said the launches do not pose an immediate threat to the United States or its allies.but still highlighted the “destabilizing impact” of North Korea’s illicit nuclear weapons and missile programs.
The United States and South Korea last week completed their biggest spring exercises in years, which included computer simulations and field-of-life exercises. But the allies have continued their field training in a show of force against North Korea’s expanding nuclear arsenal and belligerent threats of nuclear conflict.
North Korea also fired a short-range missile when the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier and its battle group arrived for joint exercises with South Korea in September, the last time the United States sent an aircraft carrier into waters near the South Korean peninsula. Korea.
North Korea has launched more than 20 ballistic and cruise missiles 11 times this year as it tries to force the United States to accept its nuclear status and negotiate the removal of sanctions from a position of force.