Wednesday's launch was the country's first ballistic missile test in six months and violated several UN Security Council resolutions.
SEOUL - North Korea launched two ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday on first ballistic missile test in six months and violation of several resolutions of the United Nations Security Council ibanning the country from performing such tests.
The launch took place rred a day after the United States special envoy urged the North Korea to resume nuclear disarmament talks, claiming that Washington had no "hostile" intentions towards Pyongyang. North Korea conducted its last ballistic missile test in March. Over the weekend he tested what it called new long-range cruise missiles .
The recovery North Korea's missile testing comes as neighboring countries have stepped up efforts to get Pyongyang back to the negotiating table. North Korea uses weapons tests to both improve its missile technology and increase its influence in Washington.
South Korean and US defense officials were analyzing data collected from the North Korean Missile Test to determine what type of ballistic missiles were fired on Wednesday and how well they flew there, said the South Korean Ministry of Defense in a statement.
The Japanese Ministry of Defense issued a statement saying that a "object that could be a ballistic missile was fired by North Korea, "but it is " assumed "that it did not reach Japan's territorial waters or its exclusive economic zone.
News of the North Korean missile test broke shortly after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, North Korea's biggest supporter, completed a meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, in Seoul.
"It 's not just North Koread, but also other countries that engage in military activities, "Wang said when asked to comment on the North cruise missile test over the weekend. “We must all work together to resume the dialogue. We all hope to contribute to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. "
Mr. Wang did not specify, but the United States and South Korea conducted joint military exercises last month. North Korea has accused Washington and Seoul of preparing to invade the North, and generally thwarts joint military exercises between the two allies with its own military exercises or tests weapons.
"The United States has no hostile intentions towards " North Korea, Sung Kim said on Tuesday. Special envoy of the Biden administration in Tokyo, where he met with representatives from Japan and KoreaSouth to discuss the North. He said Washington hoped North Korea "would respond positively to our multiple offers to meet without preconditions.
Latest tests have shown that North Korea continued to improve its missile arsenal despite a series of UN Security Council Unity resolutions that banned North Korea from developing or testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons .
Motoko Rich contributed reporting from Tokyo.