Seoul: North Korea fires two projectiles | Free press


North Korea continues its weapons tests. The most recent test allows missiles to fly, testing of which has been banned by UN resolutions.

Seoul (AP) – North Korea has fired two unidentified projectiles into the open sea, according to the South Korean military.

The missiles were shot down in the east of the country, South Korea’s General Staff said. It was initially unclear whether the missiles were ballistic missiles. Further research would be conducted with the US military, he said. According to the presidential office in Seoul, South Korea’s National Security Council wanted to deal with the weapons test in an emergency meeting.

Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported, citing a government official, that North Korea may have fired two ballistic missiles at the Sea of ​​Japan (Korean: Baltic) on the east coast. They fell into the sea outside Japanese waters. UN resolutions prohibit the country, isolated for its nuclear weapons program, from testing missiles that, depending on their design, can also carry a warhead.

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 US President Joe Biden played it off. Guided missile tests are not subject to the sanctions against the divided land. Unlike ballistic missiles, cruise missiles have their own permanent propulsion system.

North Korea has been testing missiles of various distances for years. It is also developing long-range missiles that can hit targets in the United States. The communist government in Pyongyang accuses the US of hostile policies. Bilateral negotiations on the North Korean nuclear program have not progressed for two years. The new US administration under President Joe Biden is currently in the process of formulating a new North Korea policy in conjunction with South Korea and other related countries.

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