The South Korean military officials said North Korea fired three ballistic missiles in space less than one hour from the Sunan area in Pyongyang. The move comes one day after the United President Joe Biden ended his tour to Asia, where he vowed to bolster measures to encounter North Korea.
Republic of Korea Armed Forces has said that North Korea launched three ballistic missiles early on Wednesday, just a day after the American President left the region. According to the authorities in Seoul, the missiles, one of them likely ICBM, were test-fired in the space. pic.twitter.com/O9OOcVcB9z
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Since the beginning of this year, North Korea launched several ballistic missiles. The Japanese government reported at least two launches occurred on Wednesday but stated there could have been more. Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the first missile flew around 300 km at its highest point and 550 km at its lowest point, while the second missile, reaching as high as 50 km, traveled approximately 750 km.
Chishi criticized the launches, calling them “unacceptable” and saying they would “threaten the stability, peace, and safety of Japan and the global community.” According to the presidential office, the National Security Council of South Korea called the missile test a “grave provocation” after convening the missile test. After a five-day official trip that included visits to South Korea and Japan, Biden left for the United States on Tuesday evening.
Previously, South Korean and American officials warned North Korea seemed ready for another missile test, likely during President Biden’s visit. During his visit to South Korea, the U.S. president and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol settled to hold greater military exercises and deploy more strategic assets if needed.
Missiles Fired during Coronavirus Emergency
The recent missile launches come as North Korea fights to combat a suspected Coronavirus outbreak among twenty-five million of its unvaccinated population. Over one million North Koreans contracted Pyongyang fever, and over sixty-eight people have died since late April. On 12th May, following Kim’s declaration of an emergency regarding the Coronavirus outbreak, North Korea fired ballistic missiles.
During a telephonic call with the United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, the South Korean defense chief called for deploying the U.S. strategic assets. In addition, it said both countries agreed to reinforce extended American deterrence to combat the provocations of North Korea, according to the defense ministry of Seoul.