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North Korea and South Korea tested ballistic missiles hours apart, highlighting a race arms in the peninsula while nuclear talks with the North remain at a standstill.
The North has fired two ballistic missiles at its east coast, its first ballistic missile test in six months and another violation of UN resolutions.
Testing took place in the South Korea and China discussed the North's nuclear issue.
Hours later, the South tested its first submarine-launched ballistic missile.
The test of the missile known as SLBM was pre-planned and not in reaction to the latest launches from the North. This makes South Korea the seventh country in the world with such technology.
President Moon Jae-in, who attended the test, said South Korea now has such technology.but of "sufficient deterrence to respond to North Korea's provocations at any time," urging the South to continue increasing its weapons programs to "crush North Korea's asymmetric power " ".
The tests of the two Koreas have highlighted an arms race in the peninsula, while negotiations with North Korea remain at a standstill. The United States wants the country to drop its nuclear and missile programs in exchange for sanctions relief, but the North has refused.
The short-range missiles the North fired on Wednesday traveled about 800 km (500 miles) at a maximum altitude of 60 km and were launched from central interior areas of the country, according to South Korea's chiefs of staff. The staff (JCS) said.
They flew east towards the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, the JCS added, claiming that South Korea ist the United States was conducting an analysis to determine what type of missile was used. La Hfrance.fr is not responsible for the content of external sites. See the original tweet on Twitter
The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has stated that the missiles do not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel, territory or allies, but that they highlighted the "destabilizing impact of [North Korea's] Illicit Weapons Program ".
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called the launch "scandalous ", claiming it threatens peace and security in the region.
Experts say Pyongyang is carrying out such tests to improve its technology while trying to increase its influence in the negotiations with Washington.
"This is extraordinary timinge that you have not one but two Koreas testing ballistic missiles on the same day, "Professor John Delury of Yonsei University told AFP news agency." This indicates that there is has an arms race in this region. "
Earlier, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke with his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, in Seoul, and said all parties should work to promote peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
"Not only North Korea but other countries are carrying out military activities ", a- He said. "We must all make efforts to encourage the resumption of dialogue.
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UN resolutions prohibit Korea fromu North to carry out tests with ballistic missiles - which can carry nuclear or conventional warheads - in order to curb the country's nuclear program.
Ballistic missiles are classified according to the distance they can travel, the farthest being an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM).
In the past, Korea Nord tested ICBMs that would be able to reach almost all of Western Europe and about half of the Americas.
Last weekend, Pyongyang said it had tested a cruise missile capable of hitting much of Japan, calling it a "strategic weapon of great importance ". Experts say it could possibly carry a nuclear warhead.
The UN Security Council does not ban the testing of cruise missiles. But he considers ballistic missiles to be more threatening because they can carry tanks.Larger and more powerful useful gages, have a much longer range and can travel faster.
Recent launches show that the North has continued to develop its weapons despite a severe economic crisis. North Korea faces food shortages and has spent more than a year in isolation. It halted most trade with its closest ally, China, to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Last March, Pyongyang defied sanctions and tested ballistic missiles, this which sparked a strong rebuke from the United States, Japan and South Korea.
And last month, the UN atomic agency said North Korea appeared to be restarting a reactor that could produce plutonium for nuclear weapons, calling it a "deeply disturbing " development.