South Korea’s military says North Korea fired two missiles into its eastern season Thursday. His move comes amid a stalemate in diplomacy with the US that points to pressure on the Biden administration and the resumption of tests to increase military capabilities.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea said the missiles were fired from the east coast of North Korea at 7:06 am and 7:25 am. The missiles traveled 450 kilometers before falling into the sea. Captain Mike Kafka, a spokesman for the US Indo-Pacific Command, said the US was aware of the missile launch and was monitoring the situation with its allies. Another US official, who did not wish to be named, said initial estimates are that North Korea has fired two medium-range ballistic missiles. The special thing is that these missiles have been fired at a time when US and South Korea officials said a day earlier that North Korea tested short-range missiles this weekend, which are believed to be cruise missiles.
The deadlock came during talks with Trump
The deadlock has arisen after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s second summit with former US President Donald Trump failed in February 2019. In that negotiation, the US rejected North Korea’s demand to remove major sanctions imposed on it in exchange for partially shutting down its nuclear program.
Kim’s sister threatened last week
North Korea has so far ignored attempts by the Biden administration to negotiate. Kim’s sister last week threatened the US over joint military exercises with South Korea. He described these exercises as a rehearsal of infiltration and warned Washington to refrain from creating disturbances if it wanted to live in peace for the next four years. South Korea’s Ministry of Defense said that the short-range missiles tested by North Korea on Sunday were its first missile test since April 2020. US President Biden did not give any special attention to it and told the media that there is nothing new in it.