North Korea fires two ballistic missiles into sea

North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles into the sea.

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North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles into the sea.

South Korea has confirmed the news and claimed that North Korea has tested its first nuclear weapon six months ago.

South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff (JCS) said the missiles flew from a central inland area towards the waters of the Korean Peninsula’s east coast and that further analysis with US officials was underway. “Our military maintains a full readiness posture in close cooperation with the US,” the JCS said.

Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga called the missile launch “outrageous”, and strongly condemned the action as a threat to peace and security of the region.

The US is worried that North Korea has started building up its stockpile of nuclear weapons. Such a weapon would represent a marked advance in North Korea’s weapons technology, analysts said, better able to avoid defense systems to deliver a warhead across the South or Japan – both of them US allies.

There is a higher probability that this move of North Korea would attract more economic sanctions. The rivalry between Kim’s government and the US predecessor trump has been lingering on to uplift sanctions to end nuclear programs.

The North’s resumption of testing activity is likely an attempt at pressuring the Biden administration over the diplomatic freeze after Kim failed to leverage his arsenal for economic benefits during the presidency of Donald Trump.