Tensions rise as North Korea fires ballistic missile ahead of a key summit

On 14 March 2023, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles in its first launch since the maneuvers.

Washington and Seoul have ramped up defense cooperation in the face of growing military and nuclear threats from the North.

On 16 March 2023, North Korea, launches a ballistic missile. 

The launch is done hours before the leaders of South Korea and Japan were to meet in Tokyo.

The agenda of the meeting was Pyongyang's missile, nuclear programs, and a few others.

On 12 March, Pyongyang fired two strategic cruise missiles from a submarine in apparent protest over the US-South Korea exercises.

The drill is known as Freedom Shield.

Seoul's military this month revealed the two allies' special forces were staging military exercises dubbed "Teak Knife".

The Freedom Shield exercises focus on the "changing security environment" due to North Korea's redoubled aggression.