According to "NHK" report today (28), North Korea fired two ballistic missiles from Pyongyang at night, both of which landed outside Japan's exclusive economic zone.

This is North Korea's 20th ballistic missile launch this year.

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[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] According to "NHK" report today (28), North Korea fired two ballistic missiles from Pyongyang at night, both of which landed outside Japan's exclusive economic zone.

The launch is suspected to be aimed at US-South Korea military exercises and US Vice President Harrison's visit to South Korea.

"NHK" reported that Japan's Deputy Defense Minister Toshiro Ino said that North Korea fired two ballistic missiles from near the west coast to the east at around 6 o'clock tonight, and both landed outside Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of ​​Japan.

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He also said that North Korea only launched ballistic missiles on the 25th. This act posed a threat to the peace and security of Japan, the region and the international community. Japan has protested to North Korea through the channel of the Japanese embassy in Beijing.

The Japan Coast Guard called on ships operating in the waters to pay attention to safety, and there has been no news of any ships being affected.

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff also confirmed that the military found two short-range ballistic missiles launched from the Sunan area of ​​Pyongyang, and issued a statement emphasizing that "our military has strengthened surveillance and alert, and has maintained close cooperation with the United States to maintain a state of full alert."

US Vice President Kamala Harris will arrive in Seoul on the 29th and visit the Demilitarized Zone on the border between North and South Korea.

North Korea's frequent ballistic missile launches in recent days may be a protest against the military exercises between the United States and South Korea between the 26th and 29th, and the opportunity to show the improvement of its ballistic missile capabilities.

This is not only the second missile test launch in the past four days, but also the 20th ballistic missile launch by North Korea this year.