North Korea fired two ballistic missiles towards South Korea for the first time after two months as a warning of responding to South Korea-US drills. North Korea claimed that it would respond in an inevitable way to joint military drills staged by South Korea.
The two nations, in their response to the increasing threats from the nuclear-armed North, are jointly carrying out large-scale live-fire annihilation exercises.
The Joint Chief of Staff of South Korea said it detected the Two short range ballistic missiles from the Sunan area into the East Sea between 19:25 and 19:37 (1025 to 1037 GMT).
Violating UN Sanctions
The missile launches were also confirmed by Tokyo, saying that they had landed in waters with Japan’s exclusive Economic Zone. The missiles are named as a grave provocation violating the UN sanctions.
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The top government spokesperson of Japan said, “The missiles may have flown on irregular trajectories, one had flown 850 kilometres and the other around 900 kilometres at altitudes of 50 kilometres”.