North Korea fired two missiles on Wednesday, June 22, from its eastern coast, in what the South said was a “violation of a United Nations resolution against ballistic missiles and clearly a provocation towards us”, according to a report posted on the CNN news site.
Both are believed to be Musudan intermediate-range missiles, fired from the North Korean port city of Wonsan, said Commander Dave Benham, spokesman for the US Pacific Command, the report said.
Quoting Jeong Joon Hee, spokesman for South Korea’s Unification Ministry, the report said that based on the UN Security Council resolution, “any launches that involve ballistic missile technology are a violation of the treaty and we think this is clearly a provocation towards us.”
The first missile that was fired at 5:00 a.m. only traveled 93 miles (150 km) and was, therefore, considered a “failed launch”, according to CNN.
The second missile travelled at 249 miles or 400 kilometers and the data is being analyzed by the South Korean ministry, according to the report.
Both missiles were tracked over the East Sea, the report said.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed that the test violated UN resolutions and that his country would “never forgive” it as he lodged a firm protest, according to the CNN report.
The US warned North Korea that its ballistic missile tests would only push forward the international community’s resolve to sanction it.
North Korea conducted four Musdan tests in April and May.
Three of four were considered failed tests with one other considered a “partial success”, according to John Schilling, an aerospace engineer, in the CNN report.
Stephan Haggard, director of the Korea-Pacific program at the University of California San Diego said that the North was “on the verge of feeling quite substantial economic distress”.
Haggard added “part of the effort here is to get attention focused back on North Korea, so that perhaps they think they could get some relief from the sanctions instituted recently,” according to CNN.