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North Korea continues its weapons tests. With the most recent test flight, the country launched two missiles, testing of which has been prohibited by UN resolutions by the government in Pyongyang.

Seoul (AP) – A few days after testing suspected cruise missiles, North Korea fired ballistic missiles for the first time since US President Joe Biden took office.

UN resolutions prohibit the country from testing such missiles, which, depending on their design, can also carry a warhead. The General Staff of the South Korean Armed Forces announced that in the morning two short-range missiles were launched almost 20 minutes apart in Hamju County in eastern North Korea and that they were flying 450 kilometers towards the open sea. They would have reached a height of 60 kilometers. The armed forces are closely monitoring the situation in case further missile tests are carried out.

The Standing Committee of the National Security Council in South Korea expressed “deep concern” about the neighbor’s recent test following an emergency meeting. In Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced a “serious protest” against North Korea’s behavior. “The launch threatens the peace and stability of our country and the region, which was a clear violation of the UN Security Council resolution,” Suga told journalists. According to the Japanese government, North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles on its east coast. They fell outside Japanese waters in the Sea of ​​Japan (Korean: Baltic Sea).

The latest missile tests by self-proclaimed nuclear power North Korea are seen as a challenge to new US President Joe Biden. According to observers, Pyongyang is trying to increase pressure on the US, which it accuses of hostile policies. The US government is currently preparing a new North Korea policy. According to government officials, the assessment in question is nearing completion. During a visit to Seoul last week, the American Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized that there are several options on the table. This includes diplomatic incentives, as well as measures to put more pressure on Pyongyang.

North Korea fired two suspected close-range cruise missiles at the west coast last Sunday, according to South Korea. The US also confirmed the test, but Biden downplayed its importance. Guided missile tests are not subject to the sanctions against the divided land. Unlike ballistic missiles, cruise missiles have their own permanent propulsion system. At a low altitude of less than a hundred meters, they are difficult to locate by the opposite radar.

North Korea has continued its missile program for years. The focus is on the development of ballistic missiles, including long-range missiles, that could reach the United States. In addition, the isolated country is developing other weapon systems, including guided weapons. Negotiations between North Korea and the US on the North Korean nuclear program have not progressed for two years.

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