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World North Korea fires 2 ballistic missiles; Japan's Suga rips test as 'absolutely outrageous'

10:26  15 september  2021
10:26  15 september  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

Analysis-S.Korea blazes new path with 'most potent' conventional missile submarine

  Analysis-S.Korea blazes new path with 'most potent' conventional missile submarine Analysis-S.Korea blazes new path with 'most potent' conventional missile submarineSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's development of a conventional submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) is a ground-breaking move, analysts said, with implications for North Korea, the U.S. alliance, and even the prospect of nuclear weapons in South Korea.

North Korea on Wednesday fired two ballistic missiles into the sea, according to the South Korean military. The latest missile test comes as China's foreign minister visited Seoul to hold talks about Pyongyang's recent testing of new long-range cruise missiles . "South Korean and US intelligence agencies are conducting detailed analysis," they added, without immediately giving details of the missiles ' range. Japan ' s coast guard said the missiles landed outside Japanese economic waters. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called the missile launch " outrageous " and condemned it as a threat

North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles into the sea to its east, say the US and Japan , the first such test since Joe Biden became US president. Pyongyang is banned from testing ballistic missiles under UN Security Council resolutions. Both Japan and South Korea , which call it the Sea of Japan and East Japan said no debris had fallen within its territorial waters. The US Pacific Command, which oversees military forces in the Asia-Pacific region, said on Thursday that the test highlighted "the threat that North Korea ' s illicit weapons programme poses to its neighbours and the international community".

North Korea reportedly fired two ballistic missiles off its east coast Wednesday, in the direction of Japan, prompting Japan's prime minister to denounce the action as "absolutely outrageous," according to reports.

The latest missile firings by North Korea came several days after it reportedly tested newly developed long-range missiles over the weekend, reports said.

"The firings threaten the peace and safety of Japan and the region and are absolutely outrageous," Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said, according to The Associated Press. "The government of Japan is determined to further step up our vigilance and surveillance to be prepared for any contingencies."

China Says North Korea Should 'Exercise Restraint' to Reach Political Goals With West

  China Says North Korea Should 'Exercise Restraint' to Reach Political Goals With West China did not respond to questions about North Korea's newest missile tests, instead urging all parties involved to "actively engage in dialogue and contact."North Korea has long attempted to use the threat of nuclear weapons as a response to what it claims is hostility from the U.S. and South Korea, the AP said. At the same time, it has sought to apply pressure to remove sanctions against it and receive economic aid.

North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korea ’ s military has said, two days after the North claimed to have tested a new missile in its first weapons test in six months. South Korea ’ s joint chiefs of staff said in a statement the North Korean projectile flew towards the waters of the Korean Peninsula’ s east coast and that further analysis was under way. North Korea said Monday it tested a newly developed cruise missile over the weekend.

North Korea has test - fired two ballistic missiles which landed near its east coast. South Korea 's military said the missiles were fired from an unknown location inland and travelled and unknown distance before coming back down. It comes just three days after Kim Jong Un test -fired a new type Japan ' s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has called the launch ' outrageous ' saying it threatened peace and security in the region. ' North Korea fired two unidentified ballistic missiles from its central inland region toward the east coast, and intelligence authorities of South Korea and the United States are

South Korea’s Yonhap News reported the latest firing, citing information from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, which were conducting an analysis of the situation, Yonhap reported.

The Associated Press initially reported that only one projectile had been fired and did not identify it as a ballistic missile, but updated its story around 1:20 a.m. ET Wednesday, claiming as Yonhap did that two ballistic missiles had been fired.

Japan's coast guard said both projectiles landed in international waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula, the AP reported.

NORTH KOREA SAYS ‘STRATEGIC’ LONGE-RANGE CRUISE MISSILES HIT TARGETS IN TEST


Video: What N.Korea's 'strategic' cruise missile means (Reuters)

According to the AP, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the North Korean projectile flew toward the waters of the Korean Peninsula's east coast on Wednesday. It gave no further details.

North Korea Again Asked by U.S., Others to Discuss Nuclear Weapons, Missiles

  North Korea Again Asked by U.S., Others to Discuss Nuclear Weapons, Missiles U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim asked for North Korea to "respond positively to our multiple offers to meet without preconditions."Senior diplomats from the United States, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo, calling on North Korea to enter diplomatic relations to discuss its weapons a day after Pyongyang announced successful tests of new long-range missiles.

SEOUL — North Korea launched two ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, the country’s first ballistic missile test in six months and a violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions that ban the country from conducting such tests . The launch occurred a day after the special envoy from the United States urged North Korea to resume Japan ’ s Ministry of Defense issued a statement saying that an “object that could be a ballistic missile was fired by North Korea ,” but that it is “assumed” it did not reach Japan ’ s territorial waters or its exclusive economic zone.

" North Korea fired two unidentified ballistic missiles from its central inland region toward the east coast, and intelligence authorities of South Korea and the United States are conducting detailed analysis for further information," South Korea ' s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement. Both Suga and South Korean President Moon Jae-in would convene sessions of their national security councils to discuss the launches, according to their offices. Flurry of diplomacy. The ballistic missile tests are North Korea ' s first since March this year and a further breach of U.N. sanctions.

Wednesday’s development followed reports Monday of North Korean missile tests that occurred over last weekend – tests that ended a yearlong pause in the nation’s testing of projectiles, the AP reported.

North Korea said Monday it tested a newly developed cruise missile twice over the weekend. North Korea's state media described the missile as a "strategic weapon of great significance," implying they were developed with the intent to arm them with nuclear warheads.

Many experts say the North Korean test suggested North Korea is pushing to bolster its weapons arsenal amid a deadlock in nuclear diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington.

The latest launch came as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Seoul for meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and other senior officials to discuss the stalled nuclear diplomacy with the North.

Moon said South Korea's government plans to hold an unscheduled national security council meeting later Wednesday, the AP reported.

Talks between the United States and North Korea have stalled since 2019, when the Americans rejected the North's demand for major sanctions relief in exchange for dismantling an aging nuclear facility. Kim's government has so far rejected the Biden administration's overtures for dialogue, demanding that Washington abandon its "hostile" policies first.

The North's resumption of testing activity is likely an attempt at pressuring the Biden administration over the diplomatic freeze after Kim failed to leverage his arsenal for economic benefits during the presidency of Donald Trump.

North Korea may be ramping up nuclear weapons program again, satellite images show .
North Korea has been relatively quiet since President Trump last met with Kim Jong Un at the DMZ in June 2019. It has carried out no major weapons tests, and focused largely on dealing with COVID, droughts and keeping its ailing economy afloat. But now, eight months into the Biden administration, it is reverting to old ways, and it appears North Korea leader Kim Jong Un is upgrading his weapons arsenal, showcasing new technologies and testing President Biden — once again posing a serious threat to regional and global security.

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