The tests come on the heels of US President Joe Biden’s first presidential trip to Asia
Japan also reported at least two missiles fired from North Korea, with one of those flying in in an “irregular trajectory” at a distance of about 750 kilometers (466 miles), Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said.
Kishi said that missile landed just outside of Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Last week, a US official warned
that North Korea appeared to be preparing for an intercontinental ballistic missile test during Biden’s trip, after satellite imagery revealed activity at a launch site near the capital, Pyongyang.
Biden met with South Korea’s new President Yoon Suk Yeol
over the weekend, where the two leaders said they would begin exploring an expansion of joint military drills between their countries.
When asked whether he would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Biden said it would “depend on whether he’s sincere and whether he’s serious.”
To date, Biden’s strategy has yet to yield a working meeting with North Korea in the year since the administration completed a review of the US policy toward the hermit kingdom, a senior administration official said, adding that “it has not been for lack of trying.”
Meanwhile, Yoon said South Korea and its allies stand ready for any acts of North Korean provocation.
Last month Kim vowed to “strengthen and develop” its nuclear forces
at the “highest possible” speed.
The latest launches mark the 16th time that North Korea has tested its missiles this year, including what the US believes was a failed intercontinental ballistic missile test on May 4 that exploded shortly after launch.
US military and intelligence agencies assess Pyongyang may also be preparing for its first underground nuclear test in nearly five years.