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Jets scrambled to stop 12 North Korean warplanes flying towards border

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Jets scrambled to stop 12 North Korean warplanes flying towards border
Jets scrambled to stop 12 North Korean warplanes flying towards border
Jets scrambled to stop 12 North Korean warplanes flying towards border
Jets scrambled to stop 12 North Korean warplanes flying towards border
Jets scrambled to stop 12 North Korean warplanes flying towards border

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Keystone/Zuma/REX/Shutterstock (1790297aw) Pyongyang, North Korea - Air show for 100-year anniversary of Kim Jong Il's birth. Pyongyang. Mig 29 planes probably with Russian pilots. North Korea - Apr 2012
Military officials in Seoul say eight fighter jets and four bombers had flown in formation (File picture: Keystone/Zuma/REX/Shutterstock)

North Korean warplanes have conducted ‘air-to-surface firing drills’ close to the border with South Korea.

Military officials in Seoul say eight fighter jets and four bombers had been reported flying in formation.

In response, South Korea scrambled 30 military planes to fend off the threat.

The North Korean aircraft had reportedly also conducted air-to-surface firing drills.

Kim Jong Un has ramped up missile testing in recent weeks, in response to US-led naval drills being held in close proximity to his country.

Just last night, South Korea confirmed it had detected a launch towards its eastern waters, the sixth in just 12 days.

Missiles were launched 22 minutes apart and landed between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

It came 48 hours after Pyongyang launched an intermediate-range missile over Japan for the first time in five years.

People sit near a television showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on October 6, 2022. - North Korea fired two ballistic missiles on October 6 as it justified its recent blitz of sanctions-busting tests as necessary countermeasures against joint military drills by the United States and South Korea. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)
Televisions in Seoul were today broadcasting a news bulletin which showed file footage of a North Korean missile test (Picture: AFP)
CHUNGJU, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 29: In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Acquisition Program Administration, a U.S. F-35A fighter jet lands at Chungju Air Base on March 29, 2019 in Chungju, South Korea. Two F35-A fighter jets have been received by South Korea after the United States approved a plan to export Lockheed Martin's latest F-35 jets to South Korea. South Korea had agreed to buy 40 F-35A stealth jets. (Photo by South Korea Defense Acquisition Program Administration via Getty Images)
Jets were scrambled this morning in response to warplanes at the border (Picture: Getty Images)

People in the northerly island of Hokkaido and the north-eastern Aomori prefecture were woken to the sound of air raid sirens as the Government alerted thousands to the launch.

Authorities issued what is thought to be the first evacuation alert in five years and temporarily suspended trains.

Many experts say North Korea’s goal is to eventually win US recognition as a legitimate nuclear state.

Kim wants sanctions lifted, which America and its allies have shown no sign of agreeing to.

A huge monitor shows a North Korean ballistic missile flied over Japan, in Sapporo, Hokkaido, northern Japan on Oct. 4, 2022. (Kyodo News via AP)
North Korea has fired more than 40 ballistic and cruise missiles this year (Picture: AP)
FILE - This undated photo provided on April 17, 2022, by the North Korean government shows Kim Jong Un at an undisclosed location in North Korea. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)
Kim Jong Un reportedly wants to be recognised as a ‘legitimate’ nuclear state (Picture: AP)

In response to this week’s developments, South Korea’s military said it has also boosted its ‘surveillance posture’.

The US Indo Pacific Command said recent launches did not pose an immediate threat to the United States or its allies, but still highlighted the ‘destabilising impact’ of North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

Pyongyang has fired more than 40 ballistic and cruise missiles over more than 20 launch events this year, using the stalled diplomacy with the United States and Russia’s war on Ukraine as a window to speed up arms development.

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