The South Korean Defence Ministry confirmed that two missiles were fired by North Korea into the Sea of Japan. Both the missiles are being considered to be medium-range ballistic missiles, launched from a road-mobile launcher.
Few days back leader Kim Jong-un commanded testing of further nuclear warhead and missiles.
According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the missiles were launched from Sukchon in the country’s southwest and flew 800 kilometres into the East Sea, also called the Sea of Japan.
Military sources said that it was a Rodong missile, which is a scaled-up Scud variant with a maximum range of about 1,300 kilometres.
North Korea also said that it was successful at a simulated test of a reentry vehicle. The objective was to send a nuclear warhead safely back to the atmosphere from space during a missile launch.
The US State Department sent out a statement asking North Korea to abstain from actions that would amount to tensions in the region, says Fox News.
State Department spokesperson John Kirby said that the agency is “closely monitoring” the situation.
“We call again on North Korea to refrain from such actions that further raise tensions on the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its international commitments and obligations,” he said.
There have been tensions since North Korea performed its fourth nuclear test on January 6 and then launched a long-range missile after a month.
North Korean said that it needs nuclear weapon to cope US Military threats. According to Pyongyang, large-scale South Korea-US military drills are making them believe that there is an ongoing preparation for invasion.
According to various outside sources, North Korea’s last desire is to master the technology of developing long-range missiles to hit the US mainland.