Earlier on June 12, North Korea test-fired the Hwasong-18, a solid fuel intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 12, Yonhap News Agency reported.
North Korea test-fired two short-range missiles at sea. North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into its East Sea late on Tuesday. Yonhap News Agency gave this information by quoting Seoul’s army.
A day after the opening session of US-South Korea security talks, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea on Wednesday, the agency reported. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the launch was detected between 3:30 a.m. and 3:46 a.m. local time from Pyongyang’s Sunan area. The missiles flew for a distance of about 550 km before splashing down in the sea.
North Korea fired missiles
The missile launch followed the inaugural meeting of the Nuclear Consultative Group (NCG) in Seoul by South Korea and the United States the previous day. In the meeting, the US committed to use its military capabilities, including nuclear weapons, to protect its ally. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said late at night North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles from an area near the capital Pyongyang that flew about 550 kilometers east of the Korean peninsula before splashing down in the sea.
Missiles fall outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone
The Japanese military said the missiles fell outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone and there were currently no reports of missile damage in the affected areas. The details of the missile launch were in line with the Japanese military’s assessment.
The JCS condemned the missile launch as an act of provocation. According to the JCS, this harms peace not only on the Korean Peninsula but also in the international community and is a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Yonhap news agency quoted JCS as saying in a message sent to reporters that our military is capable of giving a forceful response to any North Korean provocation.
The North Korean missiles flew about 550 kilometers, which corresponds to the distance between Pyongyang and the South Korean port city of Busan, where the US nuclear-armed submarine USS Kentucky arrived on Tuesday afternoon on its first visit to South Korea since the 1980s. Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada told reporters that the North Korean missiles had a low trajectory and a maximum altitude of about 50 kilometers.