According to South Korea’s military, North Korea fired two ballistic missiles with short range.
According to the country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, they were fired at 22 minutes each towards its eastern waters in the direction of Japan on Thursday morning.
Japan’s defense minister stated that they appear to have flown in an irregular trajectory. One reached 50km (31 mi) altitude and covered 800km (497 mi), while the other 100km (62) with a 350km (217 mile) range.
Fumio Kirishida, the country’s prime Minister, was furious.
“This is the sixth occasion in a short time, counting those from September. He said that this cannot be tolerated.
It is two days after North Korea launched an intermediate-range missile at Japan for the first times in five years. This was apparently due to joint military drills that took place in the area involving the US.
Just before the launch, the North Korean foreign ministry stated that the exercises were “escalating military tensions on Korea Peninsula”.
The USS Ronald Reagan, an American aircraft carrier, was part of the drills along with South Korean forces. It has been redeployed to the area as a result of this week’s tests.
After Tuesday’s launch, there were calls for an urgent UN Security Council meeting. Experts said that this could have reached Guam and other US territories.
Today’s firing marks the sixth firing by North Korea in less than two weeks, in a record-breaking number of such tests in rogue country.
North Korea rejected efforts to reopen disarmament talks – which were stalled in 2019, and Kim Jong Un said this month that he would not give up on his nuclear ambitions.
A law was passed by the country that allows for pre-emptive nuclear weapons use in a wide range of situations if it is under threat.