Tension over ballistic missiles launched by North Korea

North Korea Launches Missiles, U.S. Moves Aircraft Carrier

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North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles into its eastern waters on Thursday after the United States moved one of its aircraft carriers near the Korean peninsula in response to Pyongyang's earlier launch of a capable missile. to bomb Japan.

South Korea's joint chiefs of staff said in a statement that the shots were fired 22 minutes from the area of the North Korean capital. He noted that Seoul has strengthened its monitoring position and maintains preparedness in close coordination with the United States.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida also confirmed North Korea's launches, calling them "absolutely intolerable."

The latest firing suggests that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is determined to continue his weapons tests in an effort to bolster his nuclear arsenal despite international sanctions.

Many experts say Kim's ultimate goal is to secure Washington's recognition as a legitimate nuclear state and the lifting of sanctions, though the international community has given no indication of this happening.

Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said the two North Korean missiles launched Thursday morning traveled 350 to 800 kilometers (217 to 500 miles) at a maximum altitude of 50 to 100 kilometers (30 to 60 miles). before falling into waters outside Japan's exclusive economic zone.

On Tuesday, North Korea celebrated its most provocative weapons display in years, launching an intermediate-range missile against Japan for the first time in five years.

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