Seoul: North Korea fires 2 ballistic missiles off coast

The Japanese Coast Guard confirmed that the objects both landed outside the Japanese Exclusive Economic Zone in the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula. No ships or aircraft reported damage, the Coast Guard said.

The north’s resumption of testing is likely an attempt to pressure the Biden administration over the diplomatic freeze after North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un failed to use his arsenal for economic gain during Donald Trump’s presidency.

Talks between the US and North Korea have stalled since 2019 when the Americans rejected the North’s demand for extensive sanctions against the dismantling of an aging nuclear facility. Kim’s government has so far rejected the Biden government’s offers of dialogue and demands that Washington first give up its “hostile” policies.

North Korea ended a year-long ballistic test hiatus in March by launching two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea.

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