North Korea may have launched multiple ballistic missiles as early as Wednesday local time, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK, which landed in the sea.
The broadcaster, quoting the Japanese Coast Guard, reported that North Korea had launched “what may have been two ballistic missiles”. It comes after the Japanese prime minister’s office said North Korea had launched a suspected ballistic missile.
NHK added, “Japanese government sources say the projectiles appear to have landed in the Sea of Japan, outside the country’s exclusive economic zone.”
On Tuesday, a US Navy ballistic missile with nuclear capabilities Missile submarine Made a port call in South Korea on Tuesday. The South Korean Defense Ministry announced Tuesday afternoon the presence of an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine in the South Korean port city of Busan.
The submarine’s arrival and subsequent suspected launches on Wednesday follow a period of heightened tensions on the peninsula. Last week, North Korea tested what it said was an advanced long-range missile and threatened to shoot down a US military reconnaissance plane engaged in what it described as “enemy espionage” activities near its territory.
Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and a senior official in her own right, said in a statement Monday that the deployment of a US ballistic missile submarine to the peninsula would damage the already fractured lines of communication between the two sides.
South Korea and the United States also held their inaugural meeting in Seoul on Tuesday of the Nuclear Advisory Group, a joint committee set up by the two countries’ leaders at a summit in Washington in April.
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