North Korea launched two more ballistic missiles on Friday, just hours after the country criticized the United States for calling for more sanctions against the rogue regime for its previous missile launches.
The launch marked the third in two weeks, Reuters reports.
Two suspected short-range missiles (SRBMs) have been detected by South Korea from North Pyongan province, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff have announced, according to the outlet.
A suspected SRBM was also found launched in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, according to an unnamed Japanese Defense Ministry official. The Japanese Coast Guard also reported that North Korea had fired a missile, Reuters notes.
The move marks North Korea’s third launch since the start of this year, just two weeks ago.
US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) issued a statement in response to the missile launch on Friday.
“We are aware of the ballistic missile launch and are consulting closely with our allies and partners. While we have assessed this event as not posing an immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory, or our allies, the missile launch puts underscore the destabilizing impact of the DPRK’s illicit weapons program. The United States’ commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea and Japan remains steadfast,” USINDOPACOM wrote in its statement.
The United States also released a joint statement with France, Ireland, Japan, the United Kingdom and Albania. in condemnation of previous North Korean launches.
“We call on the DPRK to refrain from further destabilizing actions, abandon its banned WMD and ballistic missile programs and engage in meaningful dialogue towards our common goal of complete denuclearization,” the statement said, referring to Korea. of the North by its official name.