Preparation For War? North Korea Launches Missiles Into Sea

North Korea has fired two short-range missiles into its eastern waters, reports from South Korea say, in an apparent test just days after the country successfully tested new precision-guided missiles.

Weapons ambitions

missilesA South Korean Defense Ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the missiles are presumed to be short-range Scud ballistic missiles.

The projectile’s estimated range, launched from an area on the east coast of the peninsula, is about 500 kilometers (310 miles). The official did not disclose additional details.

North Korea regularly test-fires missiles to refine its weapons and military capabilities.

Defying ban

North Korea’s possession and testing of ballistic missiles, however, breach the sanctions.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida wanted to raise the issue of the launch during the planned governmental talks between North Korea and Japan.

“We think this issue needs to be addressed properly at the government talks,” he said in a statement. “We must make a firm demand toward North Korea that they follow the U.N. Security council resolution and other agreements.”

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