North Korea launched “an unidentified projectile” into the Sea of Japan on Thursday morning, the South Korean military said in a statement. No details on the nature of the projectile were immediately available. The general staff said the shooting took place from South Hamgyong province, located in east-central North Korea.
The missiles traveled a path of 450 kilometers and reached a maximum attitude of 60 kilometers, said the South Korean general staff, who did not specify precisely what type of device it was.
The staff added that the South Korean army had “strengthened its posture of surveillance, in close coordination with the United States”, South Korea’s main ally. The Blue House, South Korea’s presidential palace, has announced an imminent meeting of the national security council.
“A violation of the UN resolution”, according to Tokyo
In Japan, another regional ally of the United States, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga was adamant that the projectiles launched on Thursday were ballistic missiles. “North Korea fired two ballistic missiles,” Yoshihide Suga told reporters, according to which North Korea’s last ballistic missile was fired almost a year ago, on March 29, 2020. ” It threatens the peace and security of our country and the region. It is also a violation of the UN resolution, ”said the head of the Japanese government.
Several resolutions of the Security Council of the United Nations prohibit the power of Pyongyang from continuing its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
Shots without consequence on Sunday
North Korea launched two missiles on Sunday shortly after a visit to Seoul by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. It was the first North Korean missile launch since President Joe Biden arrived at the White House.
US officials later said they were two short-range, non-ballistic missiles. These officials had minimized the importance of these shots by explaining that these devices were classified “in the category of normal military activities in the North”. These shots “are not sanctioned by UN Security Council resolutions against the ballistic missile program” in Pyongyang, an American official said on condition of anonymity.
Unresolved security issues
These resolutions prohibit North Korea from developing ballistic missiles. But Pyongyang nevertheless quickly developed its capabilities in this area under the leadership of its leader Kim Jong-un and tested missiles capable of reaching the entire continental United States.
The tour in the region of MM. Blinken and Austin aimed to discuss security issues with US allies particularly related to North Korea’s potential for nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.