Monday, March 4

North Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of ​​Japan

North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of ​​Japan (called the East Sea in Korea) during the early hours of Sunday morning (local time), the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) announced.

It is the seventh launch in two weeks carried out by the North Korean regime and comes after the conclusion of naval exercises in waters around the Korean peninsula in which a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier has participated, whose presence in the area has been criticized. for Pyongyang.

North Korea said, according to a statement released Saturday, that its recent missile tests are a “self-defense” measure against the United States.

The test was detected by the South Korean authorities and also the Japanese, who indicated that it would have involved the launch of two projectiles around 1:40 local time on Sunday (16:40 GMT on Saturday) and 1:50, according to information. of the Ministry of Defense collected by the public channel NHK.

The projectiles were short-range, according to the South Korean military, which continues to discuss details of the launch with its allies, the local Yonhap news agency reported.

Both missiles may have fallen in waters outside the Japanese exclusive economic zone (EEZ), without damage to ships that could be found in the area where they fell, according to the Japanese Coast Guard.

North Korea’s missile launches have intensified since the arrival of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier and its strike group to participate in joint exercises with South Korea and Japan.

This morning’s launch comes after Pyongyang fired two short-range missiles on the 6th. This is the 25th test of the Asian country so far this year and the seventh in the last two weeks.