South Korea’s military leadership announced that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) had twice fired unidentified projectiles into the Sea of Japan from Sondok.
The Japanese Coast Guard said they detected the launch, which did not land in Japan’s territory or Exclusive Economic Zone, and warned ships to stay clear of any refuse in the water.
Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said the missile launches are a clear violation of UN resolutions and cannot be ignored. However, US national security adviser John Bolton has previously said the tests did not violate previous agreements made with Pyongyang.
Saturday’s test comes a week after the country’s previous weapons test, which saw it fire two short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, as it has done numerous times in recent months.
Neither Korea gets along well with Japan, as the entire region was colonized for decades by the Japanese Empire and a number of contentious and unresolved issues remain between them.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point Political News 2019.