North Korea Has Fired Ballistic Missile Toward Sea of Japan, South Korean Military Announces

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The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has fired six missiles in four tests in the past week, making 20 ballistic missile and two cruise missile tests since the start of the year.

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Saturday morning that a missile launch had been detected in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), headed toward the Sea of ​​Japan. The report did not say how many missiles had been launched or from which launch site.

Japanese Coast Guard officials said they believed the missile had fallen outside Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and not caused any damage to any vessels.

The launches come in the wake of US-South Korean military drills that involves submarines, aircraft carriers, and other equipment, and the visit of US Vice President Kamala Harris to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas. The DPRK is still technically at war with the South and the United States, since the Korean War only ended in a ceasefire in 1953 and not a permanent peace treaty, which is why the DMZ was created.

Other nations have long objected to Pyongyang’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs, but the socialist state says it needs those weapons in order to guarantee its safety in lieu of a permanent peace treaty and the withdrawal of 28,500 US troops stationed in South Korea.

Negotiations to denuclearize the Korean peninsula took place between the US and DPRK in 2018 and 2019, but fell apart after the US refused to reciprocate North Korean moves by lowering some of its economic sanctions.

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