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A total of 12 North Korean fighters, including 8 fighters and 4 bombers, took off in formation south of the ‘Special Watch Line’ at around 2 pm on the 6th. Just over eight hours have passed since the two ballistic missiles were fired at around 6 am.
A South Korean military official said, “The North Korean squadron made a demonstration flight south of the special surveillance line and immediately dispatched about 30 F-15K fighters in an overwhelming response.”
In particular, they were found to have conducted air-to-ground shooting training for about an hour while flying from Goksan district in Hwanghae Province to Hwangju.
The ‘special surveillance line’ is a line established by the South Korean military to respond quickly in case of a crisis considering the high speed of the fighters, and is based on Pyongyang and Wonsan.
It is quite unusual for North Korea to hold demonstration flights and shooting exercises in areas south of Pyongyang, close to the South.
At the time the North conducted a demonstration formation flight, South Korea, the United States, and Japan were conducting missile defense training in the East Sea.
‘The only country operating that fighter is North Korea’
North Korea conducted six ballistic missile launches over the past 12 days around the start of joint South Korea-US exercises last month. He also appears to be aggressively raising the level of provocation by conducting a protest formation flight.
Yang Wook, associate research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, told the BBC, “Even if North Korea had the best fighters it had, it would have been a ‘MiG 29’ and an ‘H-5’ bomber ‘.”
The flight display itself is understood to be intended to show that they also have ‘air force power’, but it is explained that it is at a level that is difficult to even compare.
The MiG 29 is the fourth generation fighter representing the former Soviet Union. It went into mass production in 1984 and was used immediately.
However, as it was produced around 40 years ago, it is currently known to be in operation in only a few countries, including Russia and the former Soviet Union, India, Hungary, North Korea, Cuba, Iran, and Iraq.
The ‘H-5’ is also an Ilyushin tactical bomber from the former Soviet Union, which appeared in the late 1940s, and is thought to have been introduced to China under license by North Korea in the 1960s.
He also criticized, “While the key is which bombs are dropped by fighters or bombers, these models are also less effective as a ‘delivery mode’.
‘North Korea reveals all operational capabilities’
It is also noted that the more provocations North Korea makes and the more aggressive it comes out, the more it exposes its weaknesses rather than showing its capabilities.
Lee Ho-ryeong, a senior research fellow at the Korea Defense Research Institute, noted, “North Korea seems to be using the three methods that nuclear countries generally have, such as missiles, submarines and aircraft, in relation to nuclear operations. “
It is said to reveal its tactical operational capability by revealing several launch points in succession such as Suncheon in South Pyongan Province, Mupyong-ri in Jagang Province, and Samseok in Pyongyang.
He emphasized, “If the old fighters are displayed like that once and for all, the South Korean military can increase its response capability accordingly,” he said.
It is also predicted that North Korea will be ’embarrassed’ as the US and South Korea are not moving as much as they used to, and the number of ‘options’ available to North Korea are decreasing day by day, although North Korea carries. out intense armed protests shouting ‘My Way’.
Researcher Lee noted, “If you look at it from a slightly different perspective, North Korea’s behavior is predictable now.”
Additionally, he predicted, “North Korea will come out with ‘psychological warfare’ sooner or later.” He predicted, “We want to break the 9/19 military agreement, but we will never do that first, and eventually we will Is South Korea canceled, and then we will bite.”
Strengthening Security Cooperation between the United States and Japan
In a telephone conversation held on the afternoon of the 6th, President Yun Seok-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida agreed on strengthening security cooperation following North Korea’s successive ballistic missile launches.
This is the first time in about two weeks since the first bilateral summit was held on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly in New York at the end of last month.
“The leaders of Japan and South Korea strongly condemned the North’s ballistic missile launch as a grave and serious provocation,” the presidential office said.
They also shared the view that it was necessary to correctly convey the message that ‘provocations come at a cost’ to North Korea.
On the 7th, a phone call was also held between high-ranking defense officials from the United States, South Korea and Japan.
The three countries strongly condemned North Korea’s recent missile launch as a clear step in violation of UN Security Council resolutions and a serious provocation that seriously threatens the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the international community.
They also said, “The more the North stimulates, the more the trilateral security cooperation will be strengthened. South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense said.
The call was attended by Heo Tae-geun, director of defense policy at South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense, Eli Ratner, assistant secretary of defense for US defense security, and Kazuo Masuda, director of defense policy at Japan’s Ministry of Defense.