North Korea Fires Two Ballistic Missiles Into Sea Of Japan

North Korea launched two ballistic missiles on 25 March. This is the second such launch by North Korea in less than a week.

Aditi Sharma

March 26, 2021

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North Korea launched two short-range missiles this past weekend into the sea of Japan which is known as the ‘East Sea’ in Korea. These missiles were fired from the Hamju area of South Hamgyong province toward the sea, off North Korea’s east coast, at 7:06 a.m. and 7:25 a.m. local time. Japan has claimed that no debris had fallen within its territorial waters.

The projectiles flew about 450 kilometres (280 miles), reaching an altitude of 60 kilometres (37 miles), and are believed to have been ballistic missiles launched from the ground, the statement said. On 25 March, the US Pacific Command, which oversees military forces in the Asia-Pacific region said ” the test highlighted the threat that North Korea’s illicit weapons programme poses to its neighbours and the international community”. Joe Biden is yet to officially comment on the matter.

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On Tuesday, Joe Biden commented on a non-ballistic missile launch that took place over the weekend, saying the US did not consider it a provocation. He mentioned that those short-range missiles were thought to be either artillery or cruise missiles, which are not banned under the UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea.

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This missile launch by North Korea came after the US received its first North Korean in custody after Mun Chol Myung was extradited from Malaysia. Mr Mun is a businessman accused of laundering money through the US financial system to provide luxury items to North Korea. The incident angered North Korea so much it cut off diplomatic ties with Malaysia. The nuclear-armed North has a long history of using weapons tests to ramp up tensions, in a carefully calibrated process to try to forward its objectives.

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