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North Korea may have fired ballistic missile into the sea, reports say

Over the weekend North Korea fired two short-range cruise missiles, US and South Korean officials said, but Biden played down the those tests as "business as usual" and officials in Washington said they were still open to dialogue with Pyongyang.

Published: Mar 25, 2021, 13:24 (IST)

North Korea launched at least two projectiles suspected to be ballistic missiles on Thursday, officials in South Korea, Japan, and the United States said — adding the projectile had not fallen within Japanese territory.

North Korea launched at least two projectiles suspected to be ballistic missiles on Thursday, officials in South Korea, Japan, and the United States said — adding the projectile had not fallen within Japanese territory.

They may have been ballistic missiles, a spokesman for Japan’s defence ministry said. “It has not fallen within Japanese territory and is not believed to have come down within Japan’s exclusive economic zone,” he said.

North Korea’s ballistic missiles are banned under United Nations Security Council Resolutions, and if the launch is confirmed it would represent a new challenge to Biden’s efforts to engage with Pyongyang, which have so far been rebuffed.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff reported at least two “unidentified projectiles” were fired into the sea from North Korea’s South Hamgyong Province on the east coast.

South Korean and US intelligence authorities were analysing the data of the launch for additional information, the JCS said in a statement.

Earlier the Japanese coast guard warned ships against coming close to any fallen objects and instead asked them to provide information to the coast guard.

Over the weekend North Korea fired two short-range cruise missiles, US and South Korean officials said, but Biden played down those tests as “business as usual” and officials in Washington said they were still open to dialogue with Pyongyang.

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Biden’s diplomatic overtures to North Korea have gone unanswered, and Pyongyang said it would not engage until Washington drops hostile policies, including carrying out military drills with South Korea.

Source-https://www.wionews.com/world/north-korea-may-have-fired-ballistic-missile-into-the-sea-reports-say-372966

 

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