Pyongyang fired two unidentified projectiles from its east coast into the Sea of Japan, according to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Japanese Coast Guard.
The projectile, believed to be a ballistic missile, appears to have landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, according to the coast guard. Neither Japanese authorities nor the South Korean military have shared further details about the alleged launch.
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The reported launches come shortly after North Korean state media said the country had successfully tested a new long-range cruise missile on Monday, which is said to have traveled about 1,500 km (930 miles) before touching down. a target in Pyongyang territorial waters.
The move was denounced by Washington, with the Pentagon saying it proved North Korea was a threat to “Its neighbors and the international community”, while Japanese officials also noted that they were “concerning” on reports.
Less than a day after the previous launch, U.S., South Korean and Japanese envoys met to discuss Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, with U.S. delegation leader Sung Kim, saying “Recent developments in the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] are a reminder of the importance of close communication and cooperation between the three countries ”, apparently referring to Monday’s missile test.
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