North Korea has launched a flurry of strategic nuclear test strikes, wrapping up two weeks of war games between powerful Kim Jong Un’s American, South Korean and Japanese flotillas near the divided peninsula.

A barrage on Sunday, October 9, marked the final solution to an escalating series of North Korean launches that began 14 days earlier, while trilateral exercises involving the US Navy’s Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and guided-missile destroyers from both Japan and South Korea were played out. out offshore.

“These military exercises were carried out in a series of high-risk military exercises by a large-scale joint naval force with US carriers. Aegis destroyer and nuclear-powered submarine in the waters off the Korean Peninsula,” it said Rodong Sinmun, The official newspaper of the Central Committee of North Korea’s ruling Communist Party on Monday.

Kim has claimed to have personally “directed military exercises in the field” to “test and improve the reliability and combat power” of North Korea’s nuclear forces and to “send a strong military response warning to the enemy”.

Lt. JG Sylvester Williams signals an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron 115 as it lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan in the Sea of ​​Japan, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Michael B. US Navy photo by Jarmiolowski.

US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael B. Jarmiolowski.

On Thursday, the US Navy’s guided-missile cruiser Chancellorsville joined Japan’s Chokai and Ashigara and South Korea’s destroyer Sejong the Great to practice their own ballistic missile defense and how they would shoot down incoming North Korean missiles.

The carrier strike group’s maritime maneuvers also included counter-special-operations exercises with South Korea; target separation with Japanese destroyers; and anti-submarine warfare tactics involving all three navies.

“Our commitment to regional security and our flexibility to protect our allies and partners demonstrates our flexibility and adaptability to move this strike group where needed,” U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Michael Donnelly, commander of the Carrier Strike Group, said. In a prepared statement released on Saturday. “We have the inherent capability to respond to any challenge and will continue to train and work with our allies and partners to maintain the rules-based international order wherever we fly, sail and operate.”

According to Pyongyang, North Korea’s initial test took place in the early hours of September 25 and involved a ballistic missile launched from a silo under an undisclosed water body in the country’s northwest. The conventional warhead exploded over an uninhabited area of ​​the Sea of ​​Japan, officials claimed.

A volley of missiles on September 28 mirrored a strategic nuclear attack on South Korean airfields, with similar simulated attacks repeated on September 29 and October 1 that included aerial bursts and “direct precision and scattered strikes, demonstrating the accuracy and power of the weapon system,” Accordingly Rodong Sinmun.

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Sideboys and officers honor Capt. Fred Goldhammer on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan in the Sea of ​​Japan, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. Goldhammer left the ship he was on after a change of command. Relieved Captain Darryl Cardone as Commanding Officer. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael B. Jarmiolowski.

US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael B. Jarmiolowski.

On Tuesday, North Korea launched a new intermediate-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile that flew approximately 2,430 nautical miles and crashed into the Pacific Ocean east of the Japanese islands.

Two days later, North Korea fired “super-large multiple rocket launchers” that fired tactical ballistic missiles on flight paths designed to simulate attacks on South Korean military command and control centers, Rodong Sinmun Reported.

The final test on Sunday mirrored how North Korea would attack South Korean ports, the newspaper said.

The US Navy intercepted a North Korean missile launch, which landed nowhere near where the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan and its escorts Chancellorsville and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Benfold sailed.

“Addressing challenges with our allies is an important part of our role as a forward-deployed unit,” Capt. Edward Angelinus, Chancellorsville’s commanding officer, said in a prepared statement. “The Chancellorsville crew is proud to contribute to our mutual defense agreements and enhance our interoperability and partnership with the navies of Korea and the Republic of Japan.”

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