SEOUL, 31 (Reuters / EP)
The North Korean regime has launched two unidentified shells on the sea east of its territory on Thursday afternoon, as reported by the South Korean Armed Forces and the Japanese Coast Guard.
The Japanese authorities have indicated that the two projectiles could be ballistic missiles and have fallen into the sea that separates the Korean peninsula from the Japanese archipelago.
The two projectiles still “unidentified” have been launched Thursday afternoon from the province of South Phyongan, in central North Korea, according to a statement from the Board of Chiefs of Staff of the Defense of Korea from the south.
The Japanese authorities have said that the projectiles have fallen outside its Exclusive Economic Zone, which covers 370 kilometers from its coast. “Objects that appear to be ballistic missiles have been launched from North Korea,” the Japanese Ministry of Defense said in a statement. “They have not fallen within our territory,” he said.
The fact that the projectiles were launched in the evening contrasts with previous missile tests conducted at dawn by the regime led by Kim Jong. In addition, this launch has taken place on the day that South Korean President Moon Jae In attends the funeral for the death of his mother, who died Tuesday.
In a message sent late Wednesday from the border town of Panmunjom, the North Korean leader transferred to Moon his “deep condolences” and his “comfort” for the loss.
On Wednesday, a South Korean military official told Yonhap news agency that movements of missile-launching platforms had been detected in North Korea.
This Thursday's launch comes at a time when North Korean regime talks with the United States have been halted to launch the denuclearization process and when tensions between the two Koreas have increased.
On October 3, North Korea reported that it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile launched from a submarine to counter external threats and boost self-defense.