North Korea defied the current UN ban against testing short-range ballistic missiles by firing two off the coast on Sunday. The missile launch comes only days before the scheduled Xi Jinping, Chinese President, visit in South Korea.
The tested missiles are believed to be of the Scud class. They were launched from the east coast and flew for around 310 miles before reaching the water.
North Korea constantly fires with the use of short range multi-rocket launchers. These are not prohibited through UN sanctions and the last test took place a few days ago.
The last two missiles, however, are capable of being launched for a longer distance. The testing and possession of Scud ballistic missiles is a breach of the sanctions.
According to North Korea, the launch is a part of the routine military exercises conducted by the country. Fumio Kishida, Japanese Foreign Minister, declared:
“We think this issue needs to be addressed properly at the government talks. We must make a firm demand toward North Korea that they follow the U.N. Security council resolution and other agreements.”