North Korea Fires Missiles as U.S. Submarine Arrives at South Korean Port

( – North Korea has been threatening the US and South Korea for years. In recent months, the country has again started missile tests and increased its rhetoric. Reports are now indicating the hostile nation has taken it a step further.

On July 24, a nuclear-powered submarine arrived at a naval base on South Korea’s island of Jeju. It follows the arrival of another one in Basan, the first time a nuclear sub has arrived on South Korean shores since the 1980s. The vessel was there to load military supplies while on a mission. Hours later, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into its eastern sea. The projectiles traveled about 248 miles.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff released a statement, according to The Associated Press. It reportedly called the actions taken by the North a “grave provocation” that threatens the stability and peace in the region. Fortunately, the US military stated the missile launches didn’t pose any threats to Americans, their territory, or their allies.

The missile launches by the North were just the latest in a string of tests. It launched several the week prior and fired many cruise missiles off its west coast into the sea over the weekend.

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida discussed the latest launch, saying his government protested the action and was trying to set up a trilateral military cooperation agreement between Japan, the US, and South Korea.

As animosity rises, there’s another issue the US is dealing with when it comes to North Korea. An American soldier, Private 2nd Class Travis King, was released from detention in South Korea on July 10. He was being sent home to Texas when he suddenly fled to North Korea. When he crossed the border, the country likely took custody of him. The Biden Administration is reportedly working on getting him back. So far, there’s no word on when that might happen.

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