The rockets were fired from an area in the center of the country and passed the country’s east coast in the early hours of Wednesday, the South Korean General Staff said in a statement.
The intelligence services in both South Korea and the United States are in the process of analyzing the details of the missiles and their course. The Japanese Coast Guard has confirmed that both rockets landed outside the country’s economic zone, in the sea between Japan and the Korean Peninsula.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga calls the launch outrageous and has condemned the actions as a threat to peace in the region, according to The Guardian.
It seems that this time it was two long-range, ballistic missiles that were tested. On Monday, state media in North Korea reported that the country’s military had tested newly developed, long-range cruise missiles.
The rockets must then have been in the air for a little over two hours and hit targets 1,500 kilometers away. The state news agency KCNA called the cruise missiles “a strategic weapon of great importance”.
North Korea is subject to a number of international sanctions as a result of its development of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles. But no international ban on North Korean cruise missiles has been introduced.