North Korea Fires Rockets Off East Coast, Neighbors Report

Rockets caused no damage, landed in water

The latest in a flurry of such test fires in recent months, both Japan and South Korea have reported that North Korea has fired a pair of rockets off their east coast on Saturday morning. The rockets landed in the sea, outside of Japan’s territorial water, and did no damage to anything.

Despite noting that nothing landed in their territorial waters, Japan was quick to caution ships to stay well clear of any debris from the rockets. The South Korean government would only say they are monitoring for additional launches.

These reports, and the fact that the rockets landed short of Japan, point to yet more short-range rocket testing. That has been virtually the entirety of North Korea’s recent tests, and US officials have shrugged them off as largely immaterial.

US officials have said recently that they are interested in restarting talks as soon as joint US-South Korea exercises are over. North Korea has been angry about those exercises, which they see as a practice invasion, and has presented their own rocket fire as intended to send a message about that.

Author: Jason Ditz

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