North Korea launched two unidentified ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan (called the East Sea in the two Koreas) on Wednesday, reported the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) , which continues to analyze the details of the event.
“North Korea fired two unidentified ballistic missiles into the East Sea from the central region of the country past noon on September 15,” the JCS explained in a brief statement.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a meeting of the North Korean single party politburo.
The last time the regime fired a ballistic missile was at the end of last March , when it tested what appeared to be a version of its KN-23 projectile , capable of tracing trajectories that were very difficult to intercept.
The UN punishes North Korea’s ballistic missile launches based on resolutions passed as punishment for its development of weapons of mass destruction .
The launch of this Wednesday was also detected by the Japanese Coast Guard, which has indicated that the projectiles fell outside the Japanese exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
The Japanese Coast Guard notified at 13:38 local time (4:38 GMT) the detection of the launch, Defense said in information collected by the Japanese public broadcaster NHK. The launch comes after the regime claimed to have tested a new type of long-range cruise missile over the weekend .
It also comes after it was reported in late August that Pyongyang reactivated facilities to obtain nuclear fuel that can be used in bombs and that Seoul, which has just announced that it will develop new missiles with greater range and more destructive, was testing its first ballistic missile launched from a submarine (SLBM).
One of the images captured by satellites.
Satellite images reveal that North Korea may be preparing to launch missiles from submarines
This arms escalation comes at a time when the denuclearization dialogue has remained stagnant since the failed Hanoi summit in 2019, in which the US considered the North Korean disarmament offer insufficient and refused to lift sanctions .
The US has insisted in recent months that it will meet with Pyongyang without preconditions “where and when” to try to reignite the talks , but has so far received no response from Pyongyang.