Earlier today, North Korea conducted live drills, firing about 500 shells near the disputed Yellow Sea boundary with South Korea. South Korea responded with about 300 shells back into North Korean waters.
White House national security spokesman Jonathan Lalley says North Korea’s actions are “dangerous and provocative,” especially since North Korea didn’t notify South Korea in advance like it normally does.
However North Korea’s short-range missile launches appear to coincide with a summit attended by South Korea, the U.S., and Japan that focuses on presenting a united front to the dangers posed by North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. On Wednesday, North Korea test-fired two mid-range ballistic missiles capable of striking Japan.
U.N. resolutions prohibit the North from firing any ballistic missiles and the U.N. Security Council said it would consider taking “appropriate” action – a response that has triggered the North to threaten another nuclear test.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, John Delury, a professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, says North Korea will more than likely continue testing during the South Korea-U.S. military exercises.
“I don’t think that we have seen the end of this yet,” Delury says.