South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) has claimed that Pyongyang fired a short-range ballistic missile into the East Sea on Thursday morning, stating that this was its second missile launch in a little over a week.
On Friday, the US accused China and Russia of protecting North Korea (DPRK) from UN Security Council action, saying the two countries "bent over backwards" to justify Pyongyang's ballistic missile launches.
On Saturday, a joint US-South Korea air force exercise — Vigilant Storm — concluded with the US flying two supersonic bombers over its ally as North Korea reportedly fired four short-range ballistic missiles into the sea.
The Biden admin. stated on Wednesday that Pyongyang has covertly shipped a significant number of artillery shells to aid the Russian war effort in Ukraine. A statement from National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby claimed that the resources have been sent through indirect routes
On Thursday, North Korea fired a presumed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that malfunctioned in mid-flight, forcing the Japanese government to issue evacuation alerts in the northern and central regions of the country.
On Thursday, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that "everybody is holding its breath" over North Korea's reported preparations to carry out its seventh nuclear test — the first since 2017.
On Monday, North and South Korea exchanged warning shots, charging each other of infringing on their western maritime border as tensions run high. Pyongyang has conducted weapons tests at an unprecedented clip in 2022