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N. Korea yet to report on latest test-firing of artillery Updated: 2022-03-21 17:03:43 KST

North Korea stayed quiet on Monday about its test-firing of artillery the previous day.
None of its state media, such as the Korean Central News Agency, have reported the launch, which could mean it was part of the regime's ongoing wintertime military exercises.

"The North typically doesn't stage strategic provocations in the West Sea. That's because China also borders the West Sea, which makes it hard for the regime to fire mid to long-range ICBMs there."

The North on Sunday fired four rounds from multiple rocket launchers into the West Sea from an unidentified location in Pyeongannam-do Province.
It's unusual for the regime not to mention such a move it's normally quick to report on major missile launches and new weapons tests when they're successful.
For instance, it said nothing about the apparent failure of an ICBM launch last Thursday, but did boast about the launch of an ICBM disguised as a reconnaissance satellite earlier this month.
Instead, on Monday, the North's weekly propaganda publication, the Tongil Shinbo, lashed out at Seoul and Washington for the joint military drills they have planned next month, calling the move a clear provocation.
South Korea's unification ministry said on Monday that Seoul is closely following the frequent criticisms from high levels of the North Korean regime about a range of security matters, such as the South Korean government's official comment on the North's flurry of missile tests.

"As we have mentioned several times, North Korea must recognize that mutual respect is a matter that has been agreed upon between the two Koreas numerous times and is the basic foundation for the development of inter-Korean relations."

"The Unification Ministry pointed out the South Korean government's pledge to maintain a strong readiness posture so that there is no lapse in security during the upcoming change of administration, saying Seoul will prepare for all possibilities and once again urging the North to return to dialogue.
Kim Dami, Arirang News."
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