The launches came after the North Korean Foreign Ministry accused the United States of “provocation” for imposing more sanctions on Pyongyang for its weapons program and threatened Washington with a clear response.
South Korea’s National Security Council expressed “deep regret” over North Korea’s continued missile launches.
The US Indo-Pacific Command accused North Korea of destabilizing the region through its illegal weapons program and said it also believed the latest test involved ballistic missiles.
South Korean authorities believed the missiles were launched in northwestern North Korea, near the Chinese border, and traveled about 430 kilometers over the Sea of Japan.
North Korea last conducted missile tests, with what are said to be hypersonic missiles, on January 5 and again on Tuesday.
Hypersonic weapons are difficult to intercept due to their high speed and maneuverability.
UN resolutions prohibit North Korea from testing ballistic missiles that, depending on their design, can also carry a nuclear warhead.
On Wednesday, the US Treasury Department sanctioned five North Koreans who it claimed were believed to be involved in acquiring items necessary for the country’s missile programs.
All five individuals had their US assets frozen.
The United States is now pushing for the UN to impose more sanctions on North Korea.
If the US sought confrontation, the country would give a stronger and clearer response.
The North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman was quoted by state media on Friday.
He added that North Korea was simply working to modernize its weapons arsenal.
dpa / NAN
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