“Two ballistic missiles launched from a site in central North Korea flew into the waters off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula on Wednesday afternoon,” South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
The statement said South Korean and US intelligence authorities were analyzing more details about the North Korean launch. It said South Korea had stepped up its anti-North Korean surveillance posture.
Japan’s coast guard confirmed the two missiles landed outside Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone in the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula. “No ship or aircraft reported any damage,” the Japan Coast Guard said.
The resumption of North Korean testing activity is likely an attempt to pressure US President Joe Biden’s administration over a diplomatic freeze after Kim failed to use his arsenal for economic gain during Donald Trump’s presidency.
North Korea ended a year-long pause in ballistic tests in March by firing two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea. This action appears to be aimed at gauging Washington’s response and gaining concessions.