North Korea Ups The Ante Firing Ballistic Missiles At Japan

This is the kind of stuff that could have been avoided if we had a good leader in office. Biden has our adversaries thinking they can get away with anything. So North Korea took the opportunity to test their missile capabilities while we are in this weakened state with Biden in office. They fired short-range missiles and took out their targets close to Japan’s EEZ.

North Korea said Thursday that a railway-borne missile regiment held a firing drill a day earlier, confirming the launches, apparently from a train, of two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea.

“The railway-borne missile regiment took part in the drill with a mission to strike the target area 800 kilometers away from its location after moving to the central mountainous area at dawn on September 15,” the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

The KCNA said the North accurately struck the target in the East Sea.

The missiles appeared to have been launched from a train rather than a transporter erector launcher (TEL), according to photos released by state media.”

While Japan’s Defense Ministry said the projectiles did not enter Japanese territory, they were initially believed to have landed outside Japan’s EEZ. Further analysis revealed they both fell in waters off the Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa Prefecture, after reaching an altitude of about 50 kilometers and flying around 750 km “on an irregular trajectory,” Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the two short-range ballistic missiles were launched from South Pyongan Province in a central area of North Korea toward the east coast.

Japanese and South Korean authorities said the missiles were fired successively shortly after 12:30 p.m.

North Korea had warned of retaliation after the United States and South Korea went ahead with a joint military exercise in August despite its protest.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga strongly condemned the launches as a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, telling reporters in Tokyo they “threatened the peace and security of Japan and the region” and were “completely inexcusable.”

Under the resolutions, Pyongyang is forbidden from testing ballistic missile and nuclear technologies, though it occasionally does so in an apparent bid to rattle Washington and its allies as well as lift domestic morale.

A U.S. State Department press officer said in a statement issued Wednesday, “The United States condemns the DPRK’s missile launch,” referring to the acronym of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, North Korea’s official name.

“We remain committed to a diplomatic approach to the DPRK and call on them to engage in dialogue,” the official said.”

North Korea of course claims it was a drill but the missiles did have irregular flight paths. So this could be a cry for attention from North Korea or worse they could be testing the waters for future conflict.

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