North Korea launches at least two new missiles, Japan warns

Pyongyang launched two new missiles this Thursday; causing warning messages to be broadcast by Japanese authorities.

North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile east of the peninsula into the Sea of ​​Japan on Thursday morning (just before midnight Wednesday in Paris). The South Korean military told Yonhap news agency. Information publicly confirmed by the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office.

Japanese television broadcast several warnings on the NHK channel issued by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

However, the Japanese defense minister said the missile “did not fly” over Japan, as previously reported by Tokyo.

“It was detected that the missile was capable of flying over the Japanese archipelago and a special warning was issued, but after verifying this information, we confirmed that the missile did not cross the Japanese archipelago, but disappeared over the sea of ​​Japan,” Minister Yasukazu Hamada told reporters.

An erroneous warning in Japan led to the brief shutdown of the country’s high-speed rail system in some areas, AFP reported.

The South Korean military also indicated that a second unidentified ballistic missile was fired by Pyongyang towards the East Sea. According to Japanese public broadcaster NHK, it is “possible” that a third missile was launched.

Several releases in recent days

On Wednesday, several missiles were fired by Pyongyang into the East Sea, including one that landed near South Korean waters. A move condemned “with the greatest firmness” by Paris, but also by Seoul, which denounced “territorial aggression”.

On Tuesday, North Korea sharply criticized the announcement of joint military exercises between Seoul and Washington this week. According to Pyongyang, “a provocation” “can no longer be tolerated”, declared the North Korean official.

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For months, Pyongyang has been warning Seoul and Washington regularly. A few weeks ago, a North Korean missile already flew over Japan.

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