North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles, its third weapon launch this month, South Korean officials said.
The move, condemned by the UK Foreign Office, is a clear retaliation against the sanctions imposed by the administration of President Joe Biden for the constant test launches.
The rockets flew 267 miles across the country at an altitude of 22 miles before landing in the sea.
The United Kingdom condemned the move, calling it a threat to regional peace and calling on Pyongyang to refrain from further provocations.
“It is crucial that sanctions against the illegal development of DPRK weapons (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) remain in place as long as its programs exist,” a foreign ministry spokeswoman said.
“We call on North Korea to refrain from further provocations and to return to dialogue with the United States.”
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reaffirmed his country’s commitment to defending South Korea in talks with their foreign minister on Friday.
Hours earlier, before the launch, North Korea issued a statement accusing the Biden administration of imposing new sanctions on its previous missile tests, warning of stronger and more explicit action if Washington maintains its “confrontational stance.” .
The sanctions targeted five North Koreans for their role in acquiring equipment and technology for northern missile programs in response to the northern missile test this week. Washington also said it would work for new UN sanctions.
A hypersonic rocket test launch on Tuesday – the second in a week – supervised by leader Kim Jong Un, who said it would greatly increase his country’s nuclear “war deterrence”.