North Korea has reportedly launched two missiles into their eastern sea, snapping a streak they held of committing not to test their missile program.
Reuters reports the first of the two “unidentified projectiles” was fired on Thursday 4:35 pm local time. The missiles left the South Phyongan Province, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff told a group of reporters, noting a second missile was fired moments later, at 4:38 pm.
The missiles traveled about 230 miles before they fell into the sea.
“Japanese authorities said they had landed outside Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which extends 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers) from land,” Reuters adds.
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— Reuters (@Reuters) October 31, 2019
According to the Associated Press, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un is growing tired of the stalemate they have with the United States over peace talks and put matters into his own hands by resuming the missile launches.
Should North Korea continue to ramp up its weapons demonstration, Washington will need to act quickly to assuage world leaders uneasy about the launch.
From the Associated Press:
Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the weapons were fired from an area near the North Korean capital of Pyongyang and flew about 370 kilometers (230 miles) across the country at a height of up to 90 kilometers (56 miles) before landing off its eastern coast. The Joint Chiefs of Staff urged the North to “immediately stop actions that do not help efforts to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.”
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The military didn’t immediately confirm whether the weapons were ballistic missiles or rocket artillery. The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in described them as short-range projectiles.
Japan’s Defense Ministry said it believed they were ballistic missiles, but they did not reach Japan’s territorial waters or its exclusive economic zone. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned the launches “as an act that threatens the peace and safety of Japan and the region.”
Seoul’s presidential Blue House said National Security Director Chung Eui-yong presided over an emergency National Security Council meeting where officials expressed “strong concern” and discussed North Korea’s possible intent.
South Korea's military says North Korea fired two projectiles toward its eastern sea, an apparent resumption of weapons tests aimed at ramping up pressure on U.S. over a stalemate in nuclear negotiations. By @KimTongHyung and @hyungjin1972. https://t.co/txtzzzPNdY
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 31, 2019
The U.S. and North Korea are still at a stand-still on peace negotiations, despite Trump making a historic visit to North Korea. Trump and Jong-Un reportedly made great strides in verbal agreements, but when pen met paper, they failed to find enough common ground to strike a deal.
The Western Journal adds:
South Korea’s National Security Council held an emergency meeting after the launch on Thursday, and expressed its concern about what it called “short-range projectiles.”
“Our military is maintaining a readiness posture while tracking and monitoring related developments in preparation for another launch,” the JCS said in a statement after the launches on Thursday.
The JCS called on North Korea to stop the launches because they were “unhelpful” for reducing tensions on the peninsula.