The South Korean military declared that North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the ocean near its eastern coast in response to the US-South Korea joint military drills.

According to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JSC), North Korea launched missiles from Hwanghae province at around 8 am on Monday (23:00 GMT Sunday).

In 2022, North Korea saw an unprecedented rise in weapons testing, with more than 70 missiles being launched. In addition, North Korea’s provocations over the past few months have been a cause for concern. For example, in November 2022, North Korea launched a missile test near its eastern coast, despite warnings from South Korea. These provocations are seen as a direct challenge to the improving alliance between South Korea and the United States.

The recent provocations have also been met with strong condemnation from South Korea and the United States. South Korean President Moon Jae-in has warned that any further provocations would be met with an “all-out response” from his country. Similarly, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has stated that any further provocations will be met with “consequences.” In addition, the US has also increased its regional presence to deter further aggression from North Korea.