North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles, Seoul says

North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles, Seoul says

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, the South Korean military said ahead of a visit by the United States Vice President to Seoul.

Kamala Harris is expected to arrive in the South Korean capital on Thursday and visit the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas.

These shootings come two days after Seoul-Washington organized joint military exercises off the east coast of South Korea that involved an American aircraft carrier.

South Korea had already reported a shot from its northern neighbor on its east coast on Sunday.

Speaking Wednesday about the destroyer USS Howard at the US naval base in Yokosuka, Japan, Kamala Harris said Sunday’s shooting was part of an “illegal weapons program that threatens regional stability and violates several United Nations Security Council resolutions.”

Pyongyang has been under international sanctions since the first military nuclear tests in 2006.

North Korea has rejected UN resolutions as an attack on its right to self-defense and space exploration, and has criticized US and South Korean military exercises as evidence of their hostility towards it.

(Report Hyonhee Shin, with Kantaro Komiya and Trevor Hunnicutt in Tokyo, French version Laetitia Volga, edited by Kate Entringer and Jean-Stéphane Brosse)


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