North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan in the east of the country on Wednesday. The launch violates UN resolutions, and is the second time in a week that North Korea has conducted missile tests. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he was very concerned about the security of the region, while the Joint Chief of Staff of South Korea, the most important organ of the South Korean military, said it is cooperating with US intelligence to gather information and that “he will be ready to cooperate with the United States”.
Ballistic missiles are fired almost vertically, exit the atmosphere and crash quickly on their target: they are almost impossible to stop, even if they have a predictable trajectory that allows defense systems to try to hit them before they fall to the ground. Thanks to the advancement in weapons technology, they can be relatively easily transformed into nuclear weapons.
North Korea has been continuing to strengthen its arsenal for some years now, despite agreements made with the United States to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
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