Pyonyang, Oct 31: North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan.
South Korean military said that Pyongyang fired two “unidentified projectiles” into the waters between South Korea and Japan on Thursday afternoon while Japan’s defence Ministry said that it appeared to be “ballistic missiles.”
It is unclear what exactly was launched from a submarine, but South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the military “is maintaining its readiness by monitoring relevant movements in preparation for further launches.”
Japan’s Coast Guard said in a statement “it appears that North Korea has launched a missile” and advised ships to avoid the area.
If confirmed as a missile test, it would be the first by Pyongyang in nearly a month and the 12th since May.
It is being beleived that North Korea missile test incolves long-range weapon.
The projectiles landed outside Japan’s maritime exclusive economic zone, the Japanese coast guard said.
North Korea on Sunday said it’s running out of patience with the United States over what it described as hostile policies and unilateral disarmament demands.
The US and North Korea held working-level nuclear talks but was unable to reach an agreement. Pyongyang accusing Washington of lacking flexibility, but the State Department said the US “brought creative ideas and had good discussion with its DPRK counterparts,” using the formal acronym for North Korea.
Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency statement, senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol said there has been no substantial progress in relations despite warm ties between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump. He said the persisting hostility means “there can be the exchange of fire at any moment.”
Kim Yong Chol said the Trump administration would be “seriously mistaken” if it ignores an end-of-year deadline set by Kim Jong Un to propose mutually acceptable terms for a deal to salvage nuclear negotiations.