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North Korea’s Latest Provocation: Launches ‘Several Cruise Missiles’ Into the Vast Ocean

North Korea fired “several cruise missiles” into the Yellow Sea between China and the Korean peninsula on Saturday, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

North Korea’s Provocation

  1. North Korea launched several cruise missiles into the Yellow Sea on Saturday
  2. The missile launches are the most recent in a series by Pyongyang
  3. Concern grows over the wellbeing of a US soldier who entered North Korean territory
  4. Diplomacy between Pyongyang and Seoul has stalled
  5. South Korea and the US have increased defence cooperation

Pyongyang’s missile launches into the Yellow Sea mark the latest in a series of provocations. The launches took place around 4 am on Saturday, according to Seoul’s military. Both South Korean and US intelligence authorities are analysing the launches while monitoring signs of additional activities.

Meanwhile, concern arises over a US soldier who made an unauthorised dash into North Korean territory earlier this week. However, North Korea remains tight-lipped about the incident. This comes as diplomacy between Pyongyang and Seoul has stalled, with relations between the two Koreas reaching an all-time low.

Defence cooperation between South Korea and the US has intensified. Joint military exercises involving advanced stealth jets and US strategic assets have taken place, with an American nuclear-armed submarine recently making a port call in South Korea for the first time in decades. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol visited the submarine on Wednesday, issuing a warning to Pyongyang that it would face the “end of the regime” if it attacked the South with nuclear weapons.

US soldier Travis King went missing after breaking away from a tour group visiting the Demilitarized Zone. It is believed that he was taken into North Korean custody. The United States has expressed concerns about Private Second Class King’s treatment, and as of Saturday, Pyongyang had yet to respond to inquiries about the soldier.

In a separate matter, the Group of Seven nations, the European Union, and three other countries have urged China to expel oil tankers from its waters that appear to be delivering fuel to North Korea in violation of UN sanctions. The letter, addressed to China’s UN envoy Zhang Jun, calls for the denial of services to the vessels and their ultimate expulsion from Chinese waters.

North Korea has been subject to UN sanctions since 2006 due to its missile launches and nuclear programs, with additional sanctions imposed in 2017 to restrict its crude oil imports.

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