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According to reports, North Korea fired two ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, prompting Japan’s prime minister to describe the action as “absolutely humiliating”.

Reports said the latest missile firing by North Korea came days after it tested newly developed long-range missiles over the weekend.

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According to the Associated Press, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said “the firing threatens the peace and security of Japan and the region and is completely outrageous.” “The Government of Japan is determined to further increase our vigilance and surveillance to be prepared for any contingency.”

“The Government of Japan is determined to further increase our vigilance and surveillance to be prepared for any contingency.”

– Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister of Japan

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South Korea’s Yonhap News reported the latest firing, citing information from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was analyzing the situation. Yonhap told.

The Associated Press initially reported that only one projectile had been fired and was not identified as a ballistic missile, but updated its story on Wednesday around 1:20 p.m., claiming that Yonhap had fired two ballistic missiles. Missiles were fired.

Japan’s Coast Guard said both projectiles landed in international waters between Japan and the Korean peninsula, the AP reported.

North Korea says ‘strategic’ long-range cruise missiles hit target in test

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the North Korean projectile flew toward the waters off the eastern coast of the Korean peninsula on Wednesday, according to the AP. It did not provide any further details.

Wednesday’s development follows Monday’s report of North Korean missile tests that took place last weekend – tests that end a year-long pause in the nation’s testing of projectiles, the AP reported.

People watch a TV screen showing a news program about North Korea's long-range cruise missile tests with images in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday.  (The Associated Press)

North Korea said on Monday that it tested a newly developed cruise missile twice over the weekend. North Korea’s state media described the missiles as a “strategic weapon of great importance”, implying that they were developed with the intention of arming them with a nuclear warhead.

Many experts say the North Korean test suggested North Korea is pushing to strengthen its weapons arsenal amid a standoff in nuclear diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington.

The latest launch came as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Seoul with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and other senior officials to discuss stalled nuclear diplomacy with the North.

Moon said South Korea’s government plans to hold an unscheduled National Security Council meeting later on Wednesday, the AP reported.

Talks between the United States and North Korea have stalled since 2019, when Americans rejected the North’s demand for major sanctions relief in exchange for dismantling an old nuclear facility. Kim’s government has so far rejected the Biden administration’s proposals for talks, demanding that Washington first drop its “hostile” policies.

The prospect of resuming the North’s testing activity after Kim failed to leverage his arsenal for economic gains during Donald Trump’s presidency is an attempt to pressure the Biden administration over the diplomatic freeze.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.