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Thursday, February 2, 2023

North Korea launches ballistic missiles into the waters between Japan and the Korean peninsula

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) confirmed that North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the waters off its east coast on Wednesday.

JCS stated that these missiles were launched from central North Korea, and South Korea and US intelligence agencies are currently analyzing more details about the launch.

The Japanese Coast Guard stated that it believed that the two missiles were launched at 12:38 pm and 12:43 pm local time (11:38 pm and 11:43 pm Eastern Time) five minutes apart, and they landed at Outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone. According to CNN, the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula.

The Coast Guard confirmed that the missile did not damage any ships or aircraft.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called the dismissal “absolutely heinous” and stated that it “threats the peace and security of Japan and the region.”

Suga Yoshihide said: “The Japanese government is determined to further strengthen vigilance and surveillance, and be prepared for any emergencies.”

The missile was launched two days after North Korea claimed to have tested a newly developed missile. This is the first time it has resumed weapons testing in six months. According to the state-run North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), in the multi-day operation, North Korea tested a long-range cruise missile capable of hitting targets 930 miles away.

The National Defense Science Academy conducted a long-range cruise missile test in North Korea, as shown in the undated photo portfolio provided by the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 13, 2021. (KCNA via Reuters)

According to KCNA reports, officials and scientists of the National Defense Academy who participated in the cruise missile tests launched on September 11 and September 12 declared the operation “successful.”

This missile, known as a “strategic weapon of great significance,” has been developed for two years.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution bans North Korea from testing ballistic missiles, and the country has been severely sanctioned for its missile and nuclear weapons programs.

The UN Security Council has not explicitly banned the testing of cruise missiles. However, ballistic missiles are considered more threatening because they can be equipped with conventional bombs or nuclear bombs.

North Korea ignored President Joe Biden’s proposal to resume negotiations to abandon its nuclear program.

Some experts believe that North Korea’s recent tests indicate that it may be working to strengthen its arsenal at a time when nuclear diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington is at an impasse.

The Associated Press and Lorenz Duchamp contributed to this report.

Catabella Roberts

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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