Seoul announced that North Korea fired an “unidentified projectile” at dawn Thursday in what could be Pyongyang’s first ballistic missile test under new US President Joe Biden.
The joint chiefs of staff of the South Korean army said in a statement that an “unidentified projectile” has been fired into the Sea of Japan, which Koreans call the “Baltic Sea”.
The Japanese Coast Guard also announced Thursday that North Korea may have fired a ballistic missile warning ships to approach falling objects and instead asking them to provide them with information about the incident.
That came days after US Secretary of Defense and State of Defense Lloyd Oson and Anthony Blinken visited Seoul where North Korea fired two rockets on Sunday, the first of its kind for the administration of new US President Joe Biden.
Two short-range missiles
“We are aware of two missiles,” a US official told AFP, asking for anonymity while US media reported that they were short-range missiles.
The South Korean military announced Tuesday that North Korea fired two cruise missiles off its west coast on Sunday, indicating that it had discovered the matter and was following up the test as it was conducted.
US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that North Korea’s launch of the two missiles shows that nothing has changed on the part of his administration.
“We learned that little has changed,” he told reporters when asked about the missile test.
It is reported that Seoul and Washington are allies and about 28,500 American soldiers are stationed in South Korea to protect it from a possible North Korean attack.
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