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North Korea shuns UN order, fires 2 ballistic missiles

 North Korea keeps testing missiles despite UN restrictions
North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan on Thursday despite strict orders from the UN Security Council.

Under UN Security Council resolutions, Kim Jong-un is banned from testing ballistic missiles, considered threatening weapons.

Japanese officials said two missiles were fired after 07:00 local time on Thursday. They flew 420km and 430km respectively before landing in waters outside of Japan’s exclusive economic zone. There was no damage inflicted to ships or aeroplanes.

U.S allies, Japan and South Korea have condemned the test.
The missile test comes just days after North Korea reportedly fired two non-ballistic missiles into the Yellow Sea.

The US Pacific Command, which is in charge of military forces in the Asia-Pacific region, said that the test highlighted “the threat that North Korea’s illicit weapons programme poses to its neighbours and the international community”.

On Tuesday, Joe Biden laughed off the short-range missile launch which took place over the weekend, saying the US did not consider it a provocation.

The Asian country has spent more than a year in isolation cutting off trade with China amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

North Korea last fired ballistic missiles a year ago amid stalled relations between then-US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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