The missiles may have flown on “irregular” trajectories, Japan has said
FILE PHOTO: A missile test in North Korea, January 2022. © AFP / KCNA / KNS.
North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles on Saturday, just after a US-led joint anti-submarine drill took place, making it the fourth such launch in one week, South Korea and Japan say.
According to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), the projectiles were fired from near Pyongyang, traveling around 350 kilometers (217.5 miles) towards the Sea of Japan, which Koreans call the East Sea.
Japanese Vice Defense Minister Toshiro Ino said that the missiles may have flown on “irregular” trajectories, as quoted by Kyodo News.
“The recent series of North Korea’s ballistic missiles is an act of significant provocation that undermines peace not only on the Korean Peninsula, but also in the international community,” the JCS said in a statement to the media, adding that the launch is illegal under international law.