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Seoul: North Korea fires 2 ballistic missiles off the coast

The Japanese Coast Guard confirmed that the objects both landed outside the Japanese Exclusive Economic Zone in the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula. No ships or planes reported damage, the Coast Guard said.

The North’s resumption of testing activity is likely an attempt to pressure the Biden administration over the diplomatic freeze after North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un failed to leverage his arsenal to economic benefits during Donald Trump’s presidency.

Talks between the United States and North Korea have stalled since 2019, when the Americans rejected the North’s demand for major sanctions relief in exchange for dismantling an aging nuclear facility. Kim’s government has so far rejected the Biden administration’s overtures to dialogue, demanding that Washington first abandon its “hostile” policies.

North Korea ended a year-long hiatus in ballistic testing in March by firing two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea, continuing the tradition of testing new U.S. administrations with weapons demonstrations aimed at measuring Washington’s response and wresting concessions.



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