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The launch took place in the port city of Sinpo, Hamgyong Province, around 10 a.m. local time on Tuesday (9 p.m., Monday), according to South Korea’s joint chief of staff.

Japan’s deputy secretary general, Yoshihiko Isozaki, said two ballistic missiles were fired during Tuesday’s launch, while the South Korean military announced only one projectile.

“North Korea’s latest actions threaten the peace and security of Japan and the region,” Isozaki said. “In addition, the continuous launch of ballistic missiles poses a serious challenge not only to Japan, but to the entire international community.”

Isozaki added that the launches were “extremely unfortunate” and violated UN Security Council resolutions.

The South Korean military said in a statement that it was working with the United States to analyze the details of the launch.

North Korea’s latest test follows months of severe tensions on the Korean peninsula. Pyongyang has been testing a growing number of projectiles in 2021, including what it claimed was a new hypersonic missile at the end of September.
At the same time, relations between North Korea and South Korea are heating up, and Pyongyang accepts its reopening official communications with Seoul on October 4th.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan would “respond decisively” in a tweet on Tuesday after the launch of North Korean missiles.

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