North Korea fired at least two ballistic missiles on Wednesday just hours after the US president left for Asia.
Reports suggest it could be an intercontinental ballistic missile.
It’s just the latest in a string of recent launches and experts fear it won’t be the last.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol quickly condemned the provocation.
He convened his National Security Council and ordered officials to work with the United States on a response.
South Korea says the North fired the missiles from an area near Pyongyang around 6 a.m.
Japan believes the two projectiles fell 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.
North Korea has now carried out 15 ballistic missile launches since the start of the year despite UN resolutions banning them.
That’s already more than any year since 2016. The rise has sparked new concerns about the North’s nuclear threat.
Officials in Seoul said the North had just tested a nuclear detonation device.
They believe Pyongyang could be setting the stage for its first nuclear test in nearly five years…with independent analysts suggesting it could happen soon.
Bong Young-shik of Yonsei University said: “Political, medical or economic conditions will not really prevent North Korean leaders or other forces from carrying out more provocations or other missile tests in the near future. coming.
The North’s latest moves come just after US President Joe Biden’s five-day visit to the region.
He met separately with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts, and all three agreed to enhance deterrence capabilities.