AP quoted South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) as saying that two ballistic missiles were fired from central Korea at noon on September 15 (local time). The Japan Coast Guard said they landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, in the waters between Japan and the Korean peninsula.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga condemned Pyongyang’s missile test, which threatens the safety of Japan and the region. He stressed that Tokyo will continue to exercise vigilance and closely monitor it in case of unforeseen circumstances.
Seoul claims South Korean and US intelligence agencies are further analyzing North Korea’s latest missile test.
A North Korean missile test reported by KCNA on September 13. Photo: KCNA
Two days ago, North Korea also launched a long-range cruise missile, described by North Korean state media as a “strategic weapon of great significance”. The missile flies about 1,500 km, can reach US and Japanese military bases.
Many experts say the recent missile tests show that North Korea is looking to bolster its weapons amid a stalemate over nuclear negotiations with the United States.
The missile test on September 15 came as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in South Korea to discuss stalled nuclear negotiations over Pyongyang. This is considered unusual because North Korea rarely “acts provocation” when China is participating in a major diplomatic event.
At the meeting, South Korean President Moon Jae-in told Mr. Wang that he appreciates China’s role in promoting international diplomatic efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear standoff, and at the same time loves Beijing bridge continues to support. In response, Mr. Wang called for strengthening bilateral ties between Beijing and Seoul.
President Moon’s office said the South Korean government plans to hold an unscheduled national security council meeting on September 15.