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Kim Jong Un’s sister makes ‘shooting range’ threat towards US, South Korea and Japan, as North Korea tests more missiles



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North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un’s sister has made threats towards the United States and its ally South Korea as North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into waters off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula early Monday, February 20, saying more missiles will be fired unless the United States halts military drills with South Korea.

Monday’s missile tests were the second in three days as Pyongyang launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Saturday, its third such test in less than a year.

The US responded to that launch by holding separate drills with South Korea and Japan on Sunday, a move North Korea viewed as a provocation, on top of planned nuclear tabletop drills between the US and South Korea at the Pentagon this week. The allies are also expected to hold military drills next month in the Korean Peninsula.


Kim Yo Jong, one of the country’s top officials, said “the frequency of using the Pacific Ocean as our shooting range depends on the nature of the US military’s actions,” according to a statement posted on the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).


Kim Jong Un

Monday’s statement from Kim Yo Jong suggested North Korea was primed for further launches, saying if Pyongyang deems the presence of US forces in the region to be a threat, it will take “corresponding measures.”

Referring to the US, Kim said “fanatics who raise tensions [in the region] will pay the price,” according to KCNA.

Kim said North Korea now has “satisfactory technology and capabilities” for missile reentry and all that remains is “to focus on increasing the number of forces.”


Earlier, North Korea had warned Friday of “unprecedented strong responses” to those drills if they go ahead.

Japan’s Defense Ministry estimated both missiles were fired Monday at around 7:00 a.m. local time and fell into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, “to the east of the Korean Peninsula, outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.”

The first missile flew about 400 kilometers (248 miles) at a maximum altitude of about 100 kilometers (62 miles), the ministry said in a statement, while the second was fired about 10 minutes later at a maximum altitude of around 50 kilometers (31 miles), flying about 350 kilometers (217 miles).

North Korea called Monday’s launch, a “super-large multiple rocket launcher exercise, which is a means of tactical nuclear attack.”

North Korea said the country fired two 600mm multi-rocket launcher (MRL) shots – South Korea considers multi-rocket launchers larger than 600 mm as ballistic missiles.


On Sunday, the US Air Force deployed B-1B strategic bombers on the Korean Peninsula with escort assistance from F-35As, F-15Ks, and F-16s from the South Korean and US Air Forces, according to South Korea’s Defense Ministry.

“Through timely and immediate deployment of the US extended deterrence force on the Korean Peninsula, the two demonstrated the SK-US combined defense capability and posture by the alliance’s overwhelming force and improved combined operational capability,” the ministry said in a statement.


Also, the US and Japan also conducted a joint air exercise over the Sea of Japan on Sunday, according to a statement by US Forces Japan.

“This exercise was conducted to demonstrate our nations’ rapid reaction capabilities, high levels of force readiness, close coordination, bilateral interoperability, and credible deterrent capacity,” the statement said.

After North Korea’s ballistic missile tests on Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pushed for an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting, and South Korea imposed sanctions on more individuals and companies.

“We recognize that we must continue to gather information, vigilantly monitor the situation, and deepen cooperation between the United States, Japan, and South Korea,” Kishida said.


United Nations Secretary General António Guterres strongly condemned that launch and reiterated calls for Pyongyang to immediately desist from further provocative actions.




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