North Korea fires missiles in fourth launch this year

North Korea fires missiles in fourth launch this year

North Korea fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea on Monday in its fourth weapons launch this month, South Korea’s military said, in an apparent attempt to demonstrate its forces amid stalled diplomacy and pandemic border closures with the United States. with target.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North may have fired two short-range ballistic missiles from an area of ​​Sunan, the location of Pyongyang’s international airport. The missiles were launched four minutes apart on Monday morning and flew about 380 kilometers (236 mi) at a maximum altitude of 42 kilometers (26 mi) before landing in waters off the country’s northeast coast.

The US Indo-Pacific Command said the missiles did not pose an immediate threat to US personnel or the region or its allies, but highlighted the destabilizing effect of the North’s “illegal” weapons program. Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the missiles landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, and the chief cabinet secretary, Hirokazu Matsuno, condemned North Korea’s actions as a threat to peace.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who is visiting the United Arab Emirates, instructed officials to make “extreme efforts to ensure stability” in the Korean peninsula, his office said. It also said that members of the President’s National Security Council stressed the need to revive nuclear diplomacy with Pyongyang.

North Korea conducted two flight tests of an alleged hypersonic missile on January 5 and 11, and also test-fired ballistic missiles from a train on Friday in an apparent retaliation for new sanctions imposed by the Biden administration last week. launch of the test.

Number of suspected ballistic missiles fired by North Korea

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