The launch came after North Korea successfully tested a new long-range cruise missile last weekend and described it as a “strategic weapon of great importance”.
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North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles, the South Korean military said on Wednesday, amid concerns about the state’s nuclear capabilities.
Japan’s Coast Guard also said an object that could be a ballistic missile was fired from the secret state.
The Coast Guard later said the projectile appeared to have landed outside the country’s “exclusive economic zone”.
The East Coast launch came after North Korea successfully tested a new long-range cruise missile last weekend, calling it a “strategic weapon of great importance”.
Analysts say the missile could be the country’s first such weapon with nuclear capability.
Pyongyang has continued to develop its weapons program amid a stalemate over talks to dismantle its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in exchange for easing US sanctions.
Negotiations have stalled since 2019.
Earlier this week, North Korea successfully completed a test shot for a new long-range cruise missile.
According to state media, the missile flew 930 miles before hitting its target on Monday.
According to the KCNA, the weapons landed in tests on Saturday and Sunday in the country’s own territorial waters.
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It was considered the north’s first missile launch after a new short-range tactical missile was tested in March.
North Korea also carried out a cruise missile test just a few hours after US President Joe Biden took office at the end of January.
Biden’s government had previously stated that it was open to diplomacy in order to denuclearize North Korea, but was unwilling to ease sanctions.
Sung Kim, the US envoy to North Korea, said in Seoul in August that he was ready to meet with North Korean officials “anywhere, anytime”.
A reactivation of inter-Korean hotlines in July raised hopes of restarting negotiations, but the North stopped answering calls last month when the annual South Korea-US military exercises began last month, which Pyongyang warned could spark a security crisis.
The secret state celebrated its 73rd anniversary since it was founded last week when a newcomer Kim Jong-un made a rare public appearance and saw thousands of his troops march into Pyongyang.