The South Korean military claimed that on Sunday, June 12, North Korea fired several artillery rounds between 8:07 a.m. and 11:03 a.m. (local time). South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the suspected projectiles were fired from multiple rocket launchers.
The South Korean military’s claims appear to be another show of force just a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed the arms buildup at a party meeting. He swore to strengthen the military might of the reclusive nation.
Without giving details, the joint staff indicated that it had decided to publish a press release late in the evening because the shootings were of the traditional type, at relatively short range and at low altitude.
Global concerns were raised when a week earlier the DPRK fired eight short-range ballistic missiles eastward from four different areas. Since the installation of the new South Korean government on May 10, the DPRK has launched four projectiles.
Recently, a government-affiliated think tank in Seoul said North Korea had spent up to $650 million on missile testing this year. According to a report by the Korea Institute for Defense Analysis, the Kim regime has spent between $400 million and $650 million to develop and test the 33 missiles it has fired this year.
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