North Korea fires 2 ballistic missiles into eastern waters
North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into waters off its eastern coast on Sept. 15 afternoon, two days after claiming to have tested a newly developed missile in a resumption of its weapons displays after a six-month lull.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missiles were launched from central North Korea, and Japan's coast guard said they landed outside its exclusive economic zone in the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula. Seoul said South Korean and U.S. intelligence authorities are analyzing more details about the launches, and that the South had boosted its anti-North Korea surveillance.
"The firings threaten the peace and safety of Japan and the region and are absolutely outrageous," Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said. "The government of Japan is determined to further step up our vigilance and surveillance to be prepared for any contingencies."
Japan's coast guard said no ships or aircraft reported damage from the missiles.
North Korea said on Sept. 13 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 it was developed with the intent to carry nuclear warheads. According to North Korean accounts, the missile flew about 1,500 kilometers (930 miles), a distance putting all of Japan and U.S. military installations there within reach.
Many experts say the weekend tests suggested North Korea is pushing to bolster its weapons arsenal amid a deadlock in nuclear diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington.
Sept. 15's launches 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...