The Japanese government says North Korea launched at least two ballistic missiles on Wednesday. He says one of them might have been an intercontinental ballistic missile.
In South Korea, President Yoon Suk-yeol convened his National Security Council shortly after the launches.
In a statement, he strongly condemned the North’s provocations. He also ordered his officials to take steps to coordinate with the United States on deterrence.
South Korea reported the first launch around 6 a.m. According to Seoul, the missiles came from the Sunan region, near Pyongyang.
Japanese government officials said the projectiles appeared to have fallen outside its exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu said, “We cannot tolerate these kinds of events, as they threaten the peace and stability of Japan, the region, as well as the international community.
It comes just after US President Joe Biden completed a five-day visit to Asia. He met separately with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts, and all three agreed to strengthen deterrence capabilities in the region.
North Korea has now carried out 15 ballistic missile launches in 2022, the highest in a single year since 2016.