The test comes just days after North Korea tested a long-range cruise missile and, if confirmed, will be in violation of UN sanctions.
North Korea has fired a pair of ballistic missiles off its east coast, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, days after Pyongyang said it had tested a long-range cruise missile.
North Korea has been gradually strengthening its weapons program amid stalled talks aimed at dismantling its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff reported on the dismissal on Wednesday.
Japan’s Coast Guard also said an object landed outside its exclusive economic zone that could be a ballistic missile fired from North Korea.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga condemned the apparent test launch, calling it “outrageous”.
Both Suga and South Korean President Moon Jae-in called sessions of their national security councils to discuss the launches, according to their offices.
The foreign ministers of South Korea and China held talks in Seoul on Wednesday amid concerns over North Korea’s recent missile test and denuclearization negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington, which have stalled since 2019.
If confirmed as a ballistic missile, the test would be North Korea’s first since March this year and a further violation of United Nations sanctions.
The launch came after North Korea said it successfully tested a new long-range cruise missile last weekend, calling it “a strategic weapon of great importance.” Analysts say the missile could be the country’s first nuclear-capable weapon of its kind.