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North Korea fires two Ballistic Missiles towards sea, South Korea’s military says

Seoul: South Korea's military said North Korea fired two ballistic missile towards its eastern waters on Thursday. Let us tell you that this was the sixth round of weapons firing from the north in less than two weeks, which has been strongly condemned by the US and other countries.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Seoul: The series of missile attacks between North Korea and South Korea has started again. South Korea military said North Korea fired two ballistic missile towards its eastern waters On Thursday morning. Earlier, a missile had gone over Japan which had fallen in the Pacific Ocean. Let us tell you that this was the sixth round of weapons firing from the north in less than two weeks, which has been strongly condemned by the US and other countries.

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Pyongyang’s foreign ministry said the recent launches – six in less than two weeks, including its longest test by distance – were “appropriate countermeasures of the Korean People’s Army on the South Korea-US joint exercise”. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the launch was done Thursday morning, but gave no further details of how far the weapon flew.

Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, “Our military has reinforced monitoring and surveillance and is maintaining utmost readiness in coordination with the United States.” North Korea carried out a record number of missile tests this year amid long-stalled diplomacy with the United States. Observers say North Korea aims to expand its nuclear arsenal to boost its leverage in future negotiations with the United States.

Japan’s coastguard also confirmed the launch of two potential ballistic missiles, with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida telling reporters that the recent testing spate was “unacceptable”. The North’s flurry of weapons tests in recent days came after the United States staged military drills with South Korea and Japan in the waters off the Korean Peninsula’s east coast. North Korea views such drills as an invasion rehearsal.

Thursday’s launch came two days after North Korea fired a medium-range missile over Japan for the first time in five years. As the United Nations Security Council met to discuss Pyongyang’s Tuesday launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan, North Korea blamed Washington for “escalating the military tensions on the Korean peninsula”.

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According to Japanese defence minister Yasukazu Hamada, The first missile flew about 350 kilometres (217 miles) at a maximum altitude of around 100 kilometres, while the second missile had a flight range of about 800 kilometres at an altitude of around 50 kilometres.

“Regardless of its aim, North Korea’s repeated launches of ballistic missiles cannot be tolerated,” Hamada told reporters.”We cannot overlook the significant improvement of its missile technology.”

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