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North Korea launches suspected ballistic missiles into ocean near Japan in first test since Joe Biden's inauguration - ABC News

North Korea has fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the ocean near Japan in what is believed to be a test launch.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the missiles were fired on Thursday — the same day as the commencement of the Olympic torch relay in Fukushima — but there is no indication the two events are linked at this stage.

"The first launch in just less than a year represents a threat to peace and stability in Japan and the region, and violates UN resolutions," Mr Suga said. 

UN Security Council resolutions ban North Korea from testing ballistic missiles.

South Korean authorities said two short-range missiles were fired from an area on the eastern coast of North Korea and its National Security Council has expressed concerns over the launches.

The Japanese coastguard said the first missile was detected just after 7:00am local time and it travelled about 420 kilometres, with the second flying about 430km soon after.

The coastguard also warned nearby ships to avoid coming close to any fallen objects.

Kim Jong Un in front of a red background.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister threatened the US and South Korea last week over their joint military exercises.(

AP: North Korean government

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The United States military's Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement that it was monitoring the situation and that the missile launches highlighted the threat North Korea's illicit weapons program posed to its neighbours and the international community.

The President has not yet responded directly to the latest test launch.

Pyongyang has said it would not engage with the Biden administration until Washington dropped hostile policies, including carrying out military drills with South Korea.

South Korea's presidential Blue House said it would convene a meeting of the national security council about the launches.

Missile launch could be first of many

Former Japanese naval commander Yoji Koda told Reuters that the latest test launches may be "just the beginning of North Korean fervour". 

"North Korea may gradually launch several types of missiles," he said. 

"North Korea will confirm the response of the United States and then the next attempt would say be intermediate with a range of 3,000 or 4,000 kilometres, and then North Korea will launch long range (missiles)."

The US and South Korea said North Korea also fired two short-range cruise missiles over the weekend.

Mr Biden had labelled the move "business as usual", but the senior director of Korean Studies from Washington's Centre for the National Interest, Harry Kazanis, said that comment may have been a factor in the latest launches. 

"This latest North Korean missile launch is most likely a reaction to US President Joe Biden's downplaying and seeming to laugh off their weekend missile tests," he said.

"The Kim regime, just like during the Trump years, will react to even the slightest of what they feel are any sort of loss of face or disparaging comments coming out of Washington.

"While Biden's comments and chuckle were clearly not meant to trigger a reaction, the North Koreans will use any pretext that is offered to raise the ante."

The last time North Korea tested a long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles was in 2017 before a meeting between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump.

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