People watch an information program about a parade marking the 73rd anniversary of the founding of North Korea, held in Pyongyang at a Seoul train station on September 9, 2021.
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North Korea fired ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, condemning Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
This two days later, a lone northern test fired cruise missiles.
The South Korean military said two sets of unidentified ballistic missiles were fired into the open waters of the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, according to NBC News.
Japan’s Suga condemned the launch of the missile, calling it “only humiliating” and “a threat to peace and security” in the region.
“This is a violation of the UN Security Council resolution, and I strongly oppose it and condemn it,” he told his office, adding that the government would continue to monitor the area.
“We will work closely with the United States, South Korea and other concerned countries to protect the lives and peaceful lives of our citizens,” the prime minister said.
South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said local and US intelligence services were conducting a detailed analysis.
NBC reported that South Korea will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday afternoon on the ballistic missile launch.
“President Moon Jae-in was immediately informed of the launch of the unidentified projectile from NK… [and] “Upon his return from his outdoor program today, he will convene a meeting of the National Security Council with members of its standing committee,” Presidential spokesperson Park Kyung-mi said in a text briefing.
According to Professor Leif-Eric Easley of Iwa University in Seoul, the missile launch takes place during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Seoul, and Beijing may appear “unwilling or unable to stop Pyongyang ”.
He said missile tests run counter to international expectations for talks and that North Korea continues to develop missiles guided by security strategy and technical factors.