Two ballistic missiles were fired by North Korea into the East Sea on Wednesday after a cruise missile test that was done recently.
The short-range ballistic missiles were released at 12:34 and 12:39 in the afternoon from the central county of Yangdok, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said. It glided around 800 kilometers with a maximum altitude estimated at 60 kilometers.
“South Korea and US intelligence authorities are analyzing details for additional information,” JCS’ statement said. “Our military is maintaining a full readiness posture in close cooperation with the US.”
South Korean President Moon Jae-in was made aware of the firing, Cheong Wa Dae said. He is preparing to meet with the National Security Council regarding the matter.
Neighboring countries slammed the missile tests of the North, which defies several resolutions of the United Nations Security Council. The secluded state’s recent test became the second release of the North this 2021.
According to the US Indo-Pacific Command, the firing of missiles of the North did not give out an immediate risk to US personnel, allies, and territory. It, however, stressed the damaging effect of the North’s illegal weapons undertaking.
“This activity highlights DPRK’s continuing focus on developing its military program and the threat it poses to Northeast Asia and the international community,” the US Forces Korea said in a separate statement.
Meanwhile, the launch was called by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga as “simply outrageous.” He added that the firing was a “threat to the peace and security” of the region, The Korea Herald reported.
The recent firing was in the wake of the success of the North over the weekend as it tested its new type of long-range cruise. They called it “a strategic weapon of great significance” to assert nuclear competence. The North is prohibited to conduct ballistic activity. Cruise missiles, meanwhile, are not covered under the sanctions.