North Korea fired two missiles Wednesday morning from its eastern coast, according to South Korean and U.S. Officials. Both are believed to be Musudan intermediate-range missiles, fired from the North Korean port city of Wonsan.
Linking altitude and distance, the launch demonstrated a capability necessary to someday strike more distant targets, including U.S. military facilities in Guam or Okinawa, Japan.
The Musudan is an intermediate-range missile with a strike range of 2,500 to 4,000 kilometres (1,553 to 2,485 miles). The first missile flew 93 miles (150 kilometers), and is considered a failed launch, according to a South Korean military official. The second missile travelled 249 miles (400 kilometers) and the data is still being analysed by the South Korean military, the official told CNN.
Both missiles were tracked over the sea of Japan. Japan's Defense Minister Gen Nakatani told reporters that the first missile launch did not affect the country's security, but he also called for immediate meetings to take all possible measures to protect Japan.
Additionally, North Korea has also recently tested missiles launched from submarines that, along with road-mobile missiles, have the potential to give North Korea a “second strike” capability to retaliate to an initial major attack on its military bases.
However, Samantha Power said North Korea’s “obsessive pursuit” of weapons of mass destruction poses a growing security threat on the Korean peninsula, in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.