North Korea has again fired at least one ballistic missile into the sea, the South Korean military said on Tuesday. “Our military is closely monitoring the situation and remains on standby, working closely with the United States to prepare for possible additional launches,” the military said in a statement.
UN resolutions prohibit North Korea’s self-proclaimed nuclear power from testing ballistic missiles, but the country pays little attention to this. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said two ballistic missiles had been detected and said it was “unfortunate” that the country continued missile tests.
North Korea has fired several missiles in recent weeks, despite North Korea and South Korea restoring their direct lines of communication last month. Seoul expressed its hope earlier this month that the inter-Korean dialogue could be restarted. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said lines of communication had been restored as part of efforts to improve relations and create peace on the Korean peninsula.
The US special envoy to North Korea called for new talks with North Korea during a meeting with his South Korean counterpart on Monday.