North Korea fires two ballistic missiles
Published: 11:26 AM, 25 March 2021
North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan on Thursday, the first such test since Joe Biden became US president.
Pyongyang is banned from testing ballistic missiles, considered threatening weapons, under UN Security Council resolutions.
Both Japan and South Korea have both condemned the test. It comes just days after North Korea reportedly fired two non-ballistic missiles into the Yellow Sea.
Japan said no debris had fallen within its territorial waters.
Japanese officials said North Korea fired the two missiles after 07:00 local time on Thursday (20:00 GMT Wednesday). They flew 420km and 430km respectively before landing in waters outside of Japan's exclusive economic zone. There was no damage inflicted to ships or aeroplanes.
The US Pacific Command, which oversees military forces in the Asia-Pacific region, said on Thursday that the test highlighted "the threat that North Korea's illicit weapons programme poses to its neighbours and the international community".
US president Joe Biden is yet to officially comment. - BBC