- Tokyo says North Korea fired 2 ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan
- The South Korean military stated that the launch occurred at sea
Ekohotlog reports that North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan on Tuesday, in its latest act of aggression in the area and only hours after the United States repeated its offer to start a dialogue on its nuclear program.
According to Reuters, citing South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, at least one missile was shot from near Pyongyang’s Sinpo Naval Shipyard, where Pyongyang keeps its submarines and equipment capable of firing these submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
Officials stated in a statement that they detected the North firing one short-range missile that they thought was a submarine-launched ballistic missile from waters near the eastern port of Sinpo, and that the South Korean and US armies were carefully monitoring the launch.
The South Korean military stated that the launch occurred at sea, but did not specify whether it was launched from a submerged vessel or another launch platform above the sea’s surface.
The launch comes as South Korean, Japanese, and American intelligence officials gather in Seoul to debate the peninsula’s future.
Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reviewed powerful missiles developed to launch nuclear strikes on the U.S. mainland, as he vowed to build an “invincible” military to cope with what he called persistent U.S. hostility.
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