North Korea launches 2 suspected short-range ballistic missiles in test

North Korea on Monday fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast, according to reports.

The South Korean military said it was studying the flight data, the New York Times reported. The launch – which would be the fourth and fifth this month – took place near an airport just outside Pyongyang, said the paper.

“The repeated firing of North Korea’s ballistic missiles is a serious problem for the international community, including Japan,” said Nobuo Kishi, Japan’s defense minister. told Reuters.

People are watching a TV screen showing a news program reporting on North Korea's missile launch with a file shot at a train station in Seoul.  (AP Photo / Lee Jin-man)

People are watching a TV screen showing a news program reporting on North Korea’s missile launch with a file shot at a train station in Seoul. (AP Photo / Lee Jin-man)

Mason Richey, a professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, told Reuters that recent tests and various launch sites indicate that the country has “enough missiles to feel comfortable using them on tests.”

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The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said the missiles did not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory or its allies, but highlighted the destabilizing effect of the Nordic “illegal” weapons program.

A man watches a television screen showing a news program reporting on North Korea's missile launch with a file image, at a train station in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday, January 17, 2022. (AP Photo / Lee Jin-man)

A man watches a television screen showing a news program reporting on North Korea’s missile launch with a file image, at a train station in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday, January 17, 2022. (AP Photo / Lee Jin-man)
(AP Photo / Lee Jin-man)

North Korea had conducted a couple of flight tests of an alleged hypersonic missile on January 5 and January 11 and also test-fired ballistic missiles from a train on Friday in an apparent retaliation over new sanctions imposed by the Biden administration last week for its continued test launches. .

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The Biden administration says the United States remains deeply involved with allies of South Korea and Japan over appropriate response to the weapons tests.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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