North Korea fired two more ballistic missiles at its neighboring countries.
According to South Korean officials, the North’s missile launches could signal it is closer than ever to resuming nuclear testing for the first time since 2017, with preparations observed at its test site for months.
Both launch missiles reached an altitude of 100 km (60 miles) and covered 350 km (218 miles), Japan’s state minister of defense, Toshiro Ino, told reporters.
The first was fired at about 1:47 a.m. (1647 GMT) and the second some six minutes later. They fell outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, and authorities were looking into what type they were, including the possibility that they were submarine-launched ballistic missiles, he added.
The U.S. military said it was consulting closely with allies and partners following the launches, which it said highlighted the “destabilizing impact” of the North Korean nuclear arms and ballistic missile programs. Still, the United States assessed that the latest launches did not pose a threat to U.S. personnel or American allies.
“The US. commitments to the defense of the Republic of Korea and Japan remain ironclad,” the Hawaii-based U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement.
Remember that South Korea and the United States held joint maritime exercises after which North Korea launches a test of its Ballistic Missile.