North Korea deploys fighter jets near South Korean border

SEOUL — South Korea deployed warplanes overnight on Thursday after North Korean warplanes flew near the border between the two countries. The move, widely seen as provocative even by Pyongyang’s standards, came as the North fired another ballistic missile early Friday morning, the latest of several recent weapons tests by Kim Jong Un’s regime.

According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), North Korean planes flew as much as seven miles north of a de facto maritime border between the two Koreas. Pyongyang’s warplanes were also spotted just over a dozen miles north of a land border.

The incidents happened between late Thursday and early Friday, and about 10 of Pyongyang’s warplanes were involved. North Korea also sent fighter jets near the south last week, but the latest flights – considered highly unusual – got even closer to Seoul’s airspace. The South Korean military said it had “conducted an emergency response operation with its superior air force, including F-35A” fighter jets, but no clashes were reported.

Seoul also said Pyongyang fired artillery shells at maritime buffer zones established in 2018 as part of inter-Korean peace efforts.

“Tea [North] The Korean People’s Army is sending a strict warning to the South Korean military’s reckless actions fueling military tensions in the frontline area,” said a spokesman for the North Korean Army General Staff, according to a statement by the state-run Central News agency.

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The official said the “countermeasures” were in response to previous South Korean artillery barrages that lasted about 10 hours. South Korea’s defense ministry said it had conducted artillery drills at a location south of the border with North Korea, but said the drills did not violate a 2018 military deal.

“On his 10th year in office, Kim Jong Un needs to appear as a heroic leader – and he has nothing but nuclear weapons to boast of as an achievement,” said Uk Yang, a military strategy expert at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul.

The North’s recent military drills and tests, while ominous, also expose the limitations of Pyongyang’s armed forces, he said. The fighter jets are “antiquated” and suggest the provocations are “signs of desperation,” he added.

North Korea says it views recent military drills by the United States, South Korea and Japan as a threat. Allies say the training drills are defensive in nature. South Korea’s presidential office called an emergency meeting of its National Security Council on Friday and vowed to work with allies to prepare for further provocations from the north.

Tensions continue to build as nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington stall. North Korea has conducted more than 40 missile launches this year, and this week Kim oversaw a cruise missile test and vowed to step up the regime’s nuclear weapons program to ward off enemies. The North Korean leader said his nuclear forces are fully prepared for an “actual war,” according to state media.

South Korea imposed unilateral sanctions on North Korea for the first time in five years. The measures target 15 North Korean individuals and 16 organizations involved in nuclear and missile development, according to the South Korean Foreign Ministry.

The short-range ballistic missile that North Korea fired on Friday was fired into waters between the Korean peninsula and Japan around 1:49 a.m., according to the South Korean military. The rocket flew about 435 miles and reached an altitude of about 31 miles, the JCS said.

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