Pyongyang’s show of force on Monday followed Thursday’s conclusion of the joint U.S.-South Korea military exercise called Freedom Shield 24.

The Pyongyang regime displayed its military might on Monday, carrying out tests of its so-called “extraordinary caliber multiple rocket launchers” in Western territory under the direct supervision of Kim Jong Un, North Korean state media reported on Tuesday.

These multiple rocket launchers (MRL), identified as the KN-25 600mm short-range ballistic missile (SRBM)/MRL system, were highlighted by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The exercise included both a series of shots and the launch of a missile configured to detonate in mid-flight.

Images released by KCNA showed Kim inspecting the maneuver, as well as six launchers carrying out the coordinated firing of one missile each, resulting in a total salvo of six missiles and captures of the impacts in the Sea of ​​Japan.

Kim stressed the importance of maximizing the offensive and destructive capabilities of the North Korean military to prevent and deter the emergence of conflict, emphasizing the willingness to “annihilate the enemy capital and dismantle its military infrastructure.”

Pyongyang’s response after joint military exercises.

Pyongyang’s show of force on Monday came after the conclusion, on Thursday, of the joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea called Freedom Shield 24. During this exercise, North Korea did not record any launches; However, Kim personally oversaw artillery, tank and air assault maneuvers, urging his military to remain alert to the possibility of conflict.

These launches coincided with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s visit to Seoul to participate in a democracy summit. At a press conference at the State Department that same day, the United States issued a condemnation of the missile tests.

“These actions, like other recent ballistic missile launches, contravene various United Nations Security Council resolutions and pose a threat to both regional and global security. We continue to work closely with the Republic of Korea, Japan and other allies and partners to determine the most effective ways to address and deter DPRK aggression, as well as to coordinate international responses to the DPRK’s violations of multiple Security Council resolutions. U.N. Security,” said State Department spokesman Vedant Patel.

The US Indo-Pacific Command also commented on the incident on Monday, assuring that these events did not pose an imminent threat to US personnel or territory, condemning the launches and urging the DPRK to cease any further activity that could be destabilizing.

Surveillance and response to North Korean launches

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) reported on Monday that its detection systems captured a series of short-range ballistic missiles ( SRBM ) launched by North Korea into the East Sea from the vicinity of Pyongyang between 7:00 a.m. and 7 p.m. 44 and 8:22 hours.

The JCS detailed that South Korean forces immediately detected, tracked and analyzed the North Korean missile launch, exchanging relevant information with the United States and Japan for exhaustive analysis. Furthermore, the JCS issued a strong condemnation, considering these launches as a direct provocation that compromises peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

“We will continue to monitor any relevant North Korean activities closely, ensuring our readiness and ability to respond decisively to any provocation, in line with the strong ROK-US defensive alliance. “USA,” the JCS reported.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Defense of Japan reported that on Monday, North Korea launched three ballistic missile launches toward the northeast from its western coast between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m., which fell outside the economic zone—exclusive zone (EEZ) of Japan, east of the Korean Peninsula. The first two missiles were launched at 7:44 and the third at 8:21, traveling an estimated distance of 350 km and reaching a maximum altitude of about 50 km.

International coordination in the face of the North Korean threat

The Japanese government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, has instructed Defense Minister Minoru Kihara to step up information gathering and analysis in close collaboration with the United States, South Korea and other countries, ensuring constant surveillance in the face of possible eventualities.

In a press conference held on Tuesday, Minister Kihara expressed the Japanese government’s concern about the possibility that North Korea will continue its provocations. He reaffirmed Japan’s commitment to continue collecting and evaluating information in collaboration with its allies and maintain constant vigilance to ensure regional security and stability.