N’Korea launches two ballistic missiles into East Sea, South Korea confirms

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South Korea’s military has confirmed that North Korea fired two ballistic missiles off its East.

This is with Japan also reporting that an object was fired, and that it may have been a ballistic missile.

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga described the launch as “outrageous”, saying it threatened peace and security in the region.

It is the second weapons test North Korea has carried out this week, with the first being a cruise missile.

It is not clear exactly where the ballistic missiles were destined for or their flight range, but South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff said its military was maintaining “a full readiness posture in close cooperation with the US”.

Ballistic missile tests contravene UN resolutions designed to curb the North’s nuclear activities.

They can carry either nuclear or conventional warheads and are classed according to how far they can travel – the furthest of which being an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

North Korea has, in the past, tested ICBMs said to be capable of reaching nearly all of western Europe and about half of the US mainland.

On Monday, North Korea tested a long-range cruise missile capable of hitting much of Japan, calling it “a strategic weapon of great significance”.

Experts say the cruise missile could possibly carry a nuclear warhead.

Reports say the UN Security Council does not forbid the test of cruise missiles. But it considers ballistic missiles to be more threatening because they can carry bigger and more powerful payloads, have a much longer range, and can travel faster

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