Friday, August 16, 2019
New missiles tested in East Asia, South Korea announced that its North neighbor fired two unspecified missiles towards the sea. They were released from an area near the city of Tongchun in Cangwon Province towards the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan.
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Seoul said it was monitoring the situation in the event of additional launches, and was maintaining its readiness.
According to the South Korean news agency, the missiles traveled 230 kilometers and flew at an altitude of 30 kilometers. The Japanese Defense Ministry said it did not see any imminent threat to the security of the country as a result of North Korea's missile launches.
No ballistic missile has been confirmed to enter Japanese territory or its special economic zone, it said.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: "We have confirmed that the missiles do not pose a threat to Japan's national security, but we will remain vigilant and do our best to protect the safety of people, while cooperating with the United States and other countries."
This is the sixth round of missile launches by Pyongyang since last month, as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sees it as a serious warning about the recent joint US-South Korean military exercises. These military exercises, which take place periodically, have long angered North Korea, seeing them as a prelude to its invasion.
Pyongyang criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in's comments that he aimed to achieve peace and reunification between the two countries in 2004.
Pyongyang's Peaceful Reunification Commission said it had nothing else to discuss with the South Korean authorities, and held Seoul's historic Panmunjom declaration deadlocked. And that the northern leaders do not like the idea of sitting with the leaders of the south .. To keep the vision of the political process between the two countries is not clear.