North Korea fires more missiles, seventh time in two weeks

North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the Sea on Sunday, the latest launch amid tensions over US-led military exercises in the region, South Korea’s military said.

South Korea’s military chief of staff announced that the launch – the seventh in two weeks – came from the southeastern part of the country, but gave no further details.

As reported by Yonhap, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, “While increasing surveillance and vigilance, our military is maintaining a posture of full readiness in close cooperation with the United States. .”

North Korea on Saturday defended recent series of missile tests as a measure against US military threats, following days of joint exercises between South, Japan and the United States, AFP reported.

The Japanese prime minister’s office also confirmed at least one of the missiles Sunday on Twitter.

“North Korea launched a suspected ballistic missile. More information needed,” the office said.

Japanese Deputy Defense Minister Toshiro Ino said it was possible that the missile, which he said was fired before 2 a.m. (1700 GMT Saturday) and flew 350 kilometers at a maximum altitude of 100 kilometers, was launched from a submarine. , according to Kyodo news agency AFP quoted.

The missiles, fired towards the South China Sea, also known as the Sea of ​​Japan, appear to have landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, according to Kyodo. The coast guard said it had so far not received any reports of damage to the Japanese ship, national broadcaster NHK reported.

Meanwhile, in an official statement, the US military’s Indo-Pacific Command said it was “aware of the two ballistic missile launches and is in close consultation with our allies and partners”, saying the launch showed the “destabilizing” nature of North Korea’s missile program.

“The US commitments to the defense of South Korea and Japan remain unchanged,” the statement said.

Sunday’s launch was the latest in a series of intermediate-range ballistic missile launches fired on Tuesday over Japan, prompting people in affected areas to be on the lookout for cover.

According to Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada, the first missile flew about 350 km (217 miles) at a maximum altitude of about 100 km, while the second missile had a range of about 800 km at an altitude of about 50 km. , according to Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada.

(With AFP input)

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