North Korea has tested two missiles under the sea. This is the fifth such experience in recent weeks. According to the South Korean military, they are short-range ballistic missiles.
If confirmed, it would be a violation of 11 UN Security Council’s resolutions.
The launch of the missiles came just days after US President Donald Trump’s statement in which he said he had received a ‘wonderful letter’ from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. President Trump had said Kim Jong-un was unhappy with US and South Korea’s joint military exercises.
The missiles were fired from Hamhung, the eastern city of South Hamgyong province, and to the Sea of Japan to the East of the Korean Peninsula.
According to a statement issued by the South Korean Army, two missiles were fired at 05:34 and 05:50 local time on Friday, and the missiles traveled for 400 kilometers at an altitude of about 48 kilometers.
Shortly before the latest launch, President of the United States spoke about a letter from the North Korean Supreme Leader.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, President Trump said, “It was a very positive letter. I think we’ll have another meeting. He really wrote a beautiful, three-page – I mean great from top to bottom – a really beautiful letter.”
The North Korean government expressed anger over the joint military exercises of the United States and South Korea, saying it was a violation of the agreements with President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
While the main exercises between US and South Korea will begin on August 11, work on their preparations has begun.
These exercises will primarily be with the help of computer simulation and will be quite limited compared to previous exercises between the United States and South Korea, which North Korea has termed as “provocative.”
In the past few weeks, North Korea has conducted several missile tests, which South Korean officials have called short-range ballistic missiles.
The missiles fired July 25, one of which traveled 690 km, were the first since President Trump and Kim Jong-un’s meeting at the demilitarized zone (DMZ). DMZ is where both North and South Korea divide.