North Korea fires missile, flies fighter jets near border

SpaceWar.com reports: “North Korea on Friday fired a short-range ballistic missile, conducted an artillery barrage, and flew fighter jets close to the South’s border in another show of force that the US has warned could culminate in a nuclear test.

Pyongyang has dramatically ramped up missile launches and military exercises in recent weeks, which it now describes as ‘tactical nuke’ drills, as Seoul and Washington say Kim Jong Un is close to conducting what would be his country’s seventh nuclear test.

North Korea’s military said in a rare statement its latest actions came in response to a ‘provocative’ South Korean artillery exercise near the border.

The Korean People’s Army ‘took strong military countermeasures,’ according to a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency early Friday.

Pyongyang issued ‘a stern warning to the South Korean military inciting military tension in the frontline area with reckless action,’ said the statement…”

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