South Korean military reports the launch of two North Korean ballistic missiles into the sea

North Korea is understood to have fired two ballistic missiles into the sea. Picture: Alamy

South Korea's military reported North Korea fired two ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday.

In its first weapons test in six months, the North claimed to have fired a new missile just two days earlier.

The missiles were fired from a facility in central North Korea on Wednesday afternoon and headed toward the waters off the Korean Peninsula's east coast, according to a statement from South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

According to the statement, more information regarding the launches was being analyzed by South Korean and US intelligence agencies.

According to the Japanese coast guard, the objects landed beyond the Japanese Exclusive Economic Zone in the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula. According to the Coast Guard, no ships or aircraft were damaged.

The North's resumption of testing is most likely an attempt to pressure the Biden administration over the diplomatic halt after its leader Kim Jong Un failed to profit from his weapons during Donald Trump's presidency.

In March, North Korea interrupted a year-long halt in ballistic tests by shooting two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea, maintaining a practice of putting incoming US administrations to the test with military demonstrations aimed at gauging Washington's reaction and securing concessions.

North Korea announced on Monday that it had conducted two tests of a newly built cruise missile over the weekend. The missile was classified as a "strategic weapon of great significance" by North Korean official media, meaning that it was constructed with nuclear warheads in mind.

The US and North Korea have been at odds since the US rejected the North's demand for massive sanctions relief in exchange for demolishing an aging nuclear site in 2019.

So far, Kim's leadership has rebuffed the Biden administration's offers for discussion, insisting that Washington first quit its "hostile" policies.

Publish : 2021-09-15 11:36:00

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