Nov 5, 2022 - World

North Korea launches more ballistic missiles as tensions rise in region

A man watches a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test at a railway station in Seoul on Nov. 3, 2022. Photo : Jung Yeon-je / AFP via Getty Images

North Korea fired four short-range ballistic missiles from its west coast Saturday, further escalating tension with the U.S. and South Korea, per AP.

Driving the news: The missiles flew about 80 miles into the country’s western sea around noon local time, AP reports.

  • Meanwhile, the U.S. and South Korea continued joint military drills, sending two supersonic bombers streaking over South Korea in a display of military strength amid growing tensions in the region.

Flashback: Saturday's launch comes days after North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile over its eastern waters Thursday, along with five other short-range missiles, triggering alarms in Japan and drawing condemnation.

The big picture: The launches this week are the latest escalation in a series of missile tests by North Korea recently, including a missile launched over Japan last month and a ballistic missile fired toward South Korea the day before Vice President Kamala Harris was set to arrive, Axios' Ivana Saric reports.

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