Fears over ‘WW3’ after North Korea ‘launch ballistic missiles’ near Japan

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North Korea has launched a potentially ballistic missile into the sea near Japan, and South Korea are now reporting that two ballistic missiles have been launched by the North.

Japanese vessels have been told to not approach any objects they see and to report any relevant information to Japan's Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard have said that an object has landed just outside of Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which reaches 200 nautical miles away from its shores.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff first said that the North fired one projectile from its east coast, days after the North's testing of a long-range cruise missile.

Now South Korea are reporting that their neighbours have fire two ballistic missiles.

North Korea announced on Monday that its testing over the weekend was successful, calling the missile "a strategic weapon of great significance", sparking fear among analysts that it could be the country's first weapon of this kind with nuclear capabilities.

This comes during a particularly frosty period of negotiations between North Korea and the US. There has been a stalemate in Pyongyang over the possibility of reducing nuclear capacity in exchange for the US lessening its sanctions on the country.

The negotiations have stalled since 2019, and since then Kim Jong-un has been persevering with his nuclear weapons programme.

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