North Korea on Monday morning local time fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, the South Korean military said. Japan and South Korea condemned these actions.
According to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), the missiles were launched from North Hwanghae province in North Korea and flew about 370 kilometers. Japanese media reported that both missiles likely landed outside the exclusive economic zone Japan.
North Korea fired ballistic missiles
The South Korean military “strongly condemned” the shootings, describing them as a serious provocation in violation of Security Council resolutions UN and called for an immediate halt.
“We will closely monitor North Korea’s various activities and maintain a state of readiness to respond forcefully to any provocation,” the JCS said in a statement. It added that the South Korean military will continue military exercises with the United States as planned.
The Japanese government also declared “strong protest” against North Korea’s actions. It was stressed that the missile tests pose a threat to security and peace in the region.
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