North Korea launches suspected ballistic missiles into sea

World Monday 22/April/2024 14:17 PM
By: DW
North Korea launches suspected ballistic missiles into sea

Seoul: South Korea's military reported the launch of what they suspected to be several short-range ballistic missiles by North Korea on Monday.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles landed in waters to the east.

The projectiles appeared to have landed outside Japan's exclusive economic zone area, Japan's NHK broadcaster reported.

North Korea has been increasing its weapons testing as tensions with the South and the US remain high. Pyongyang is prohibited by UN resolutions from launching or testing ballistic missiles of any range.

On Saturday, the North Korean military announced that it had tested a "super-large" cruise missile warhead and a new anti-aircraft missile on Friday in an area along its Western coast.

Leader Kim Jong Un has repeatedly stated his aim to build up a nuclear arsenal to ward off its "enemies," namely the US, South Korea and Japan.

The head of the US Space Command, General Stephen Whiting, was in South Korea on Monday to discuss surveillance of the North's satellite programme.

Earlier this year, Pyongyang ended outreach programs that aimed to improve relations on the peninsula and threatened war over "even 0.001 mm" of territorial infringement.

Kim's budding relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin has sparked concern that the two countries are supporting each other.

Pyongyang has been accused of supplying Moscow with weapons for its war in Ukraine. In return, analysts believe North Korea is getting help for its weapons programs, especially anti-aircraft technology.

The South has claimed that its northern neighbor has already sent around 7,000 containers of weapons to Russia to be used in Ukraine.

UN monitoring of North Korea's weapons programs, which checks for violations of the many sanctions against the country's nuclear ambitions, was effectively brought to an end in March when Russia used its Security Council veto.