North Korea launched what appeared to be two ballistic missiles off the east coast Thursday morning, South Korean and Japanese troops said, commemorating the nuclear-armed administration’s sixth weapon launch this month.
Two ballistic missiles were launched near Hamhung, the second largest city on the east coast of North Korea, around 8 am local time, about 190 km (118) to South Korea’s maximum altitude of 20 km (12 miles). Miles) Moved. The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.
Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said allegations of ballistic missiles seemed to have landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the government is still investigating the launch, but the ballistic missile test is “extremely regrettable” and violates the UN Security Council resolution.
Just two days ago, South Korean troops said North Korea had launched two cruise missiles from its east coast into the sea. Cruise missiles are not prohibited by UN resolutions.
And on January 11, South Korean and Japanese troops said North Korea had launched an unidentified projectile from its east coast. The report arrived less than a week after North Korea launched what it claims to be a “hypersonic” missile.
This month’s North Korean nuclear armament launch follows last year’s series of weapons tests highlighting how the Kim Jong-un administration will continue to expand its military power amid a voluntary blockade of pandemics and a deadlock in nuclear negotiations with the United States. is.
Earlier this month, the United Nations delegation in the United States, along with France, Ireland, Japan, the United Kingdom and Albania, condemned the missile launch from North Korea in a joint statement.
“These actions increase the risk of miscalculations and expansion and pose a significant threat to regional stability,” said US Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield. Said on January 10thHe added that such tests expand what North Korea can offer to illegal arms dealers around the world.
“”[North Korea] We will make these military investments at the expense of the well-being of the North Korean people, “said Thomas Greenfield.
In a UN-sponsored UN-sponsored disarmament conference speech on Tuesday, North Korea’s UN ambassador to Geneva, Han Tae-song, conducted hundreds of “joint war trainings” by the United States while transporting high-tech offensive military equipment to the south. I blamed him. Nuclear strategic weapons for South Korea and the region.
“”[This] It seriously threatens national security. “
North Korea has not launched additional long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) or tested nuclear weapons since 2017, but has negotiated denuclearization after a failed summit with the United States in 2019. After getting stuck, we started testing a number of short-range missiles.
Mark Lambert, Assistant Secretary of State for Japan and South Korea, Wednesday Said Washington has “very clearly” in Pyongyang the need for a “serious” debate about the banned weapons test.
“We go everywhere. We talk about anything. We don’t have reservations,” Lambert said. “We need to seriously discuss the denuclearization of North Korea. If North Korea is willing to do so, all sorts of promising things can happen.”
Reuters contributed to this report.