North Korea fires a volley of short-range ballistic missiles | Gun News

South Korea and the United States condemn the launch and urge Pyongyang to “refrain from further illegal and destabilizing acts.”

North Korea has launched multiple short-range ballistic missiles, South Korea’s military said, as it continues to develop its military weaponry in violation of international sanctions.

The 10 missiles were launched from the Sunan area around 6:14 a.m. Thursday (2114 GMT Wednesday) toward the east, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

The statement said the missiles traveled about 350 kilometers (217 miles) before falling into the sea.

The military said the launch was a “clear provocation” by Pyongyang and “seriously threatens the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula.”

The missile launch comes three days after North Korea’s attempt to launch a second spy satellite into orbit failed when the rocket carrying the equipment exploded in mid-air.

Leader Kim Jong Un has made the development of more sophisticated weapons and military equipment a cornerstone of his efforts to modernize North Korea’s military. He has deepened relations with Russia and has been accused of providing weapons for Moscow to use against Ukraine in exchange for Russian technological expertise.

The United States, a close ally of South Korea, condemned the launch and the Indo-Pacific Command urged North Korea to “refrain from further illegal and destabilizing acts.”

Pyongyang is banned from testing ballistic missiles under sanctions imposed by the United Nations over its nuclear program.

An official at South Korea’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations told the Yonhap news agency that the Security Council was expected to hold an open meeting on Friday in New York to discuss the failed satellite launch. These launches also constitute a violation of UN sanctions because they involve technology similar to that of ballistic missiles.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was among those who condemned Monday’s launch and urged Pyongyang to return to dialogue.

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