North Korea's Missile Launches Escalate Regional Tensions

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.30 - 2024 10:20 AM CET

North Korea has launched a series of ballistic missiles towards Japan.

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North Korea has once again launched a series of ballistic missiles towards Japan, according to reports from the South Korean military.

According to Kurier, at least ten projectiles were fired early Thursday morning from the Sunan region near Pyongyang, covering a distance of approximately 350 kilometers before landing in the sea.

Details of the Missile Launch

The missiles were launched at 6:14 a.m. (local time), as confirmed by the South Korean military.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stated that one of the missiles appeared to have landed outside Japan's exclusive economic zone, avoiding direct territorial infringement but still raising security concerns.

The missile tests are a clear violation of United Nations resolutions that ban North Korea from conducting ballistic missile tests.

These missiles, depending on their design, have the potential to be equipped with nuclear warheads.

Provocative Actions

This recent missile launch follows North Korea's failed attempt to launch a spy satellite into space on Monday. Despite this failure, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has announced that he will not give up on plans for space reconnaissance.

On Wednesday, North Korea sent hundreds of balloons filled with garbage and excrement across the heavily fortified border into South Korea. The government in Seoul described the action as despicable and dangerous.

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