August 31, 2023 13:20
North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea from the vicinity of Sunan in Pyongyang around 11:50 p.m. Wednesday night.
The official [North] Korean Central News Agency on Thursday morning said the firing was part of a "tactical nuclear strike drill" responding to the deployment of U.S. B-1B bombers on the Korean Peninsula.
KCNA said the People's Army staged "a tactical nuclear strike drill simulating scorched-earth strikes at major command centers and operational airfields of the [South Korean] military gangsters."
It denounced ongoing joint air exercise conducted by the U.S. and South Korea while the B-1B bombers were deployed, which it claimed was tantamount to plans for a pre-emptive nuclear attack against it.
The People's Army said that it "fired two intermediate-range ballistic missiles in a northeastern direction from the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport and accurately executed the nuclear strike mission by detonating them in mid-air at an altitude of 400 m above the target."
It added the purpose was "to send a clear message to the enemies."
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