Japan condemns North Korea’s missile launch
People watch a newscast covering a parade at a train station in Seoul to mark the 73rd anniversary of the founding of North Korea in Pyongyang on September 9, 2021.
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North Korea launched ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, leading to a conviction by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
It came two days after the withdrawn Nordtest fired cruise missiles.
The South Korean military said that two rounds of unidentified ballistic missiles were fired into the open waters of the Baltic Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, according to NBC News.
Japan’s Suga condemned the missile launch as “simply outrageous” and said it was a “threat to peace and security” in the region.
“It violates the UN Security Council resolution and I protest and strongly condemn it,” he said outside his office, adding that the government will continue to monitor the area.
“We will work closely with the US, South Korea and other affected nations to resolutely protect the lives of our citizens and their peaceful lives,” said the Prime Minister.
The joint chief of staff of South Korea said local and US intelligence agencies are conducting detailed analysis.
South Korea will hold an emergency ballistic missile launch Wednesday afternoon, NBC reported.
“President Moon Jae In was immediately informed of the launch of the unidentified projectile by NK … [and] will convene the meeting of the National Security Council with its members of the standing committee after returning from his external appointments today, “said Park Kyung-mi, the president’s spokesman, in a text briefing.
The rocket launches come during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Seoul and could make Beijing look “unwilling or unable to hold Pyongyang back,” said Leif-Eric Easley, professor at Ewha University in Seoul .
He added that the missile tests run counter to international hopes for dialogue, and North Korea continues to develop missiles, fueled by security strategies and technical factors.