This happened just a day after US President Joe Biden left the region after a trip where he promised to bolster measures to deter the DPRK.
Since the start of 2022, North Korea has been test-firing a flurry of ballistic missiles. Japan confirmed at least two launches happened on Wednesday but acknowledged there may have been more.
Nobuo Kishi, Japan’s Defence Minister said the first missile flew about 300km (186 miles) with a maximum altitude of around 550 km. As for the second, it reached as high as 50 km, travelled around 750 km.
North Korea received criticism for the launches that were referred to as ‘unacceptable’. This is because it would “threaten the peace, stability and safety of Japan and the international community”.
U.S. and South Korean officials had earlier warned that the DPRK appeared ready for another weapons test, possibly during Biden’s visit.
The timing of these launches is not an accident – just hours after President Biden completed his trip to Asia, and days after he agreed with South Korea’s president to bolster their defences against North Korea.
This marks yet another escalation from North Korea which has become more aggressive over the past six months. But the concern is over what comes next.
According to intelligence, the DPRK is apparently getting ready to test a nuclear weapon. This would be its first nuclear test in five years and a major step-up.
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