South Korea and Japan claimed that their neighboring North Korea had fired submarine-launched ballistic missiles into waters off the coast of Japan territory.
Pyongyang continues to violate its obligations under the relevant Security Council resolutions by launching ballistic missiles.
According to a statement released on Tuesday by South Korea Army, Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea said: “ We detected that North Korea fired one short-range missile it believed was a submarine-launched ballistic missile from waters near the eastern port of Sinpo, and that the South Korean and U.S. militaries were closely analyzing the launching.”
On the other hand, Japan’s military stated its initial analysis suggested that North Korea fired two ballistic missiles.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said officials were examining whether they were submarine-launched.
In response to this offensive action, Tokyo lodged a “strong protest” to North Korea through the “usual channels,” meaning their embassies in Beijing. Japan and North Korea have no diplomatic ties.
It comes just weeks after South Korea unveiled a similar weapon of its own, describing it as “the world’s most powerful weapon”.
Despite the fact that these tests violate strict international sanctions, North Korea has carried out a flurry of missile tests in recent weeks, including hypersonic and long-range weapons.
It’s worth mentioning that Pyongyang is specifically prohibited by the United Nations from testing ballistic missiles as well as nuclear weapons.
Even though the American administration considers ballistic missiles to be more threatening than cruise missiles because they can carry more powerful payloads, have a longer range, and can fly faster, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command affirmed North Korea’s latest launch did not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel, territory, or that of its allies.