North Korea on Wednesday launched two ballistic missiles into the water off its east coast, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) confirmed.
The JCS said the missiles were launched from central North Korea and that South Korea, along with US intelligence officials, is currently analyzing more details about the launch.
Japan’s Coast Guard said it believed the two missiles were launched five minutes apart, at 12:38 p.m. local time and 12:43 p.m. (11:38 a.m. and 11:43 p.m. ET). and they landed outside their exclusive economic zone. Water between Japan and the Korean Peninsula, reports CNN.
The Coast Guard confirmed that no ships or aircraft were damaged by the missiles.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called the shootings “absolutely humiliating” and said they “are a threat to the peace and security of Japan and the region.”
“The Japanese government is determined to further increase our vigilance and surveillance to be prepared for any contingency,” Suga said.
The firing came two days after North Korea claimed to have tested a newly developed missile, resuming weapons testing for the first time in six months. In a multi-day operation, North Korea tested a long-range cruise missile capable of hitting targets 930 miles away, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
According to the KCNA report, officials and scientists from the National Defense Academy of Sciences who participated in the test of cruise missiles launched on September 11 and 12 declared the operation “successful”.
The missile, described as “a strategic weapon of great importance”, was in development for two years.
United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions bar North Korea from testing ballistic missiles, and the country has been heavily sanctioned on its missile and nuclear weapons programs.
The testing of cruise missiles is not explicitly prohibited under the UNSC. However, ballistic missiles are considered more dangerous as they can be equipped with conventional or nuclear warheads.
North Korea has ignored proposals from President Joe Biden’s administration to resume talks to abandon its nuclear program.
Some experts believe North Korea’s recent tests suggest it is pushing to strengthen its weapons arsenal amid a standoff in nuclear diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington.
The Associated Press and Lorenz Duchamps contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times