North Korea Fires 2 Ballistic Missiles Off Its East Coast

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Wednesday’s launch was the country’s first ballistic missile test in six months, and violated several UN Security Council resolutions.

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Seoul – North Korea fired two ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, the country’s first ballistic missile test in six months and a violation of several UN Security Council resolutions that ban the country from conducting such tests.

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The launch came a day after the United States special envoy urged North Korea to resume denuclearization talks, saying Washington had no “hostile” intentions towards Pyongyang. North Korea conducted its last ballistic missile test in March. Over the weekend, it tested newly developed long-range cruise missiles.

North Korea resumed missile testing as neighboring countries stepped up efforts to bring Pyongyang back to the negotiating table. North Korea uses weapons testing to improve its missile technology and increase its leverage with Washington.

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South Korean and United States defense officials were analyzing data collected from North Korean missile tests to determine what types of ballistic missiles were fired and how far they flew on Wednesday, the South Korean defense ministry said. said in a statement.

Japan’s Defense Ministry issued a statement saying that “an object that could be a ballistic missile was fired by North Korea,” but it is “believed” that it could reach Japan’s territorial waters or its exclusive economic zone. Did not reach

A North Korean missile test broke down shortly after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the biggest supporter of North Korea, ended a meeting with his South Korean counterpart Chung Yue-yong in Seoul.

Asked by reporters to comment on North Korea’s weekend cruise-missile test, Mr. Wang said, “It is not only North Korea, but also other countries that are engaging in military activities.” “We should all work together to resume talks. We all look forward to contributing to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.”

Mr Wang did not elaborate, but the United States and South Korea held joint military exercises last month. North Korea accuses Washington and Seoul of making preparations to invade the North, and usually counters joint military exercises between the two allies with their own military exercises or weapons tests.

Biden administration special envoy Sung Kim “has no hostile intent toward the United States” on Tuesday in Tokyo, where he met with representatives of Japan and South Korea to discuss the north. He said Washington expects North Korea to “respond positively to many of our proposals to meet without any preconditions.”

The latest tests showed that North Korea continued to improve its arsenal of missiles despite a series of UN Security Council resolutions that banned North Korea from developing or testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons. .

motoko rich Contributed reporting from Tokyo.

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