A day after firing two short-range missiles into the East Sea, North Korea earlier this morning confirmed that it had carried out the illicit activity.
However, its leader Kim Jong-un didn't supervise at the testing site.
For more, we have our North Korean affairs correspondent Kim Dami on the line.
Dami, tell us more.
Confirming the launch of ballistic missiles for the first time in about a year, North Korea said Friday it had test-fired new tactical guided missiles.
Its state-run news agency reported that the Academy of Defense Science conducted the launch of the two missiles that “accurately hit the target” set in the water six-hundred kilometers off the East Coast.
Without specifying the projectile type, the North called it a weapon system whose warhead weight had been upgraded to two.five tons.
But watchers note that it could have been an upgraded version of its KN-23 missile, which was showcased during a military parade back in January.
Similar to Russian Iskander-type missiles, the advanced KN-23 missile seemed to have a sharper warhead and required a larger Transporter-Erector-Launcher.
The North’s leader Kim Jong-un did not oversee the missile testing. Instead, the vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party Ri Pyong-chol guided Thursday's launch.
And following the news, I'm hearing the U.S. Defense Ministry strongly denounced the North's activity.
Tell us more.
Right, Washington was also quick to recognize that the recent launch violates UN Security Council resolutions.
According to Reuters, the Pentagon spokesperson said the North's weapons activity is a threat to the region as well as the international community.
Also on Wednesday, the U.S. military's Indo-Pacific Command said that America's commitment to the defense of South Korea and Japan remains ironclad.
With the Biden administration due to unveil new North Korea policy in the coming weeks, Thursday's launches also came just four days after the regime fired two cruise missiles into the Yellow Sea over the weekend.
This also marks the North's first launch of ballistic missiles since Biden took office.
That's all I have. Back to you, Mok-yeon.