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North Korea fires two ballistic missiles toward Sea of Japan

  • October 19, 2021
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NHK reported at noon that the Ministry of Defense announced this morning that North Korea fired what appeared to be ballistic missiles toward the Sea of Japan this morning. Prime Minister Kishida told reporters in Fukushima that North Korea fired two ballistic missiles and said North Korea’s missile launches are “extremely regrettable.” Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Isozaki reportedly told the press: “At 10:15 a.m. and 10:16 a.m., North Korea fired two ballistic missiles toward the east and they apparently landed in waters off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula in the Sea of Japan….There have been no reports of damage to aircraft or ships in the area thus far.”


The network also reported that the South Korean military announced that North Korea fired the ballistic missiles from the vicinity of Sinpo toward the Sea of Japan at around 10:17 a.m., noting that Sinpo is the location of a North Korean submarine base and where North Korea test-fired submarine-launched ballistic missiles in 2016. The network added that this was North Korea’s first ballistic missile launch since Sept. 28 and its fourth one this year.


An NHK reporter said the latest launch came amid ongoing talks in Washington between senior officials of the United States and South Korea on the DPRK, speculating that it was intended to “rattle” the two nations. All commercial networks carried similar stories.

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