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North Korea: new missile tests

Reporting by the Japanese authorities

North Korea launched today two new ballistic missiles at sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan. This was communicated by the Japanese authorities following reports from the Japanese Coast Guard and the South Korean Army. The Japanese Ministry of Defense stated that "the rockets did not land in our territory".

The action coincides with the funeral of the mother of South Korean president Moon Jae-in, who died Tuesday.

Kim Dong-yup, a former naval officer who teaches at Kyungnam University in Seoul, said the launches could have been carried out to test a newly developed poly-missile system.

There is no progress in relations between North Korea and the United States: North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un announced the deadline for denuclearization talks with Washington later this year and he had repeatedly accused the US and Korea of the South of continuous hostile policies, indicating among them the joint military exercises (see AVIONEWS). He also repeatedly pointed out that the missile tests are born with the aim of defending against possible South Korean air strikes in view of the latter's purchase of new weapons, helicopters and airplanes including several F-35 stealth fighters.

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