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    North Korea fires missile and shells, further inflaming tensions

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (AP) – North Korea early yesterday fired a ballistic missile and 170 rounds of artillery shells toward the sea and flew warplanes near the tense border with South Korea, further raising animosities triggered by the North’s recent barrage of weapons tests.

    The North Korean moves suggest it is reviving an old playbook of stoking fears of war with provocative weapons tests before it seeks to win greater concessions from its rivals.

    South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement the short-range missile lifted off from the North’s capital region at 1.49am yesterday and flew toward its eastern waters. It was North Korea’s 15th missile launch since it resumed its testing activities on September 25.

    North Korea said on Monday its recent missile tests were simulations of nuclear strikes on South Korean and United States (US) targets in response to their “dangerous” military exercises involving a US aircraft carrier.

    After the latest missile test, North Korea fired 130 rounds of shells off its west coast and 40 rounds off its east coast.

    A TV screen shows a North Korean missile launch during a news programme at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. PHOTO: AP

    The shells fell inside maritime buffer zones the two Koreas established under a 2018 inter-Korean agreement on reducing tensions, South Korea’s military said.

    Observers said it was North Korea’s third and most direct violation of the 2018 agreement, which created buffer zones and no-fly areas along their land and sea boundaries to prevent accidental clashes.

    South Korea’s Defence Ministry said it sent North Korea a message asking it not to violate the agreement again.

    North Korea separately flew warplanes near the rivals’ border late on Thursday and early yesterday, prompting South Korea to scramble fighter jets.

    There were no reports of clashes between the two countries.

    It was reportedly the first time that North Korean military aircraft have flown that close to the border since 2017.

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