All national dailies reported on Sunday that the Ministry of Defense announced on Saturday that the DPRK fired at least two short-range ballistic missiles from North Pyongan Province sometime between 6:45 a.m. and 6:50 a.m. into the Sea of Japan on Saturday. The missiles apparently fell in waters outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone sometime between 6:50 a.m. and 6:55 a.m. after flying about 410 km at a maximum altitude of about 50 km. This was the third time this year for North Korea to fire ballistic missiles, following the launches on March 2 and 9. The GOJ lodged a protest with the DPRK through its embassy in Beijing. Defense Minister Kono told reporters that the launch is a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions and poses a clear threat to Japan and the rest of the international community. Kono reportedly added that as there are reports that the new coronavirus is spreading in North Korea, the Kim regime may have tried to strengthen its grip on power through the missile launch. The defense minister also said that because Pyongyang has fired 30 missiles since May 2019, it is obvious that the Pyongyang is trying to acquire new missile technology.