North Korea launches two ballistic missiles towards sea of Japan

North Korea launches two ballistic missiles towards sea of Japan

According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, cited by the Yonhap agency, Pyongyang launched at least two ballistic missiles near the East Sea on 15 September.

North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles into the East Sea, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) confirmed, according to Yonhap News.

The JCS had earlier announced that an unidentified projectile had been fired.

The Japanese Coast Guard also reported an object was fired, and that it may have been a ballistic missile.

Ballistic missile tests contravene UN resolutions designed to curb the North’s nuclear activities. South Korea and Japan gave no further details.

It comes just days after North Korea tested a long-range cruise missile capable of hitting much of Japan.

Experts say the cruise missile could possibly carry a nuclear warhead.

The UN Security Council does not forbid the test of cruise missiles.

But it considers ballistic missiles to be more threatening because they can carry bigger and more powerful payloads, have a much longer range, and can travel faster.

This article originally appeared in BBC News

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