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North Korea fires missiles into the sea

Meanwhile, Kim Jong Un orders nationwide lockdowns following country’s first Covid-19 outbreak

NORTH KOREA fired three short-range ballistic missiles towards the sea yesterday, its neighbours said, in the latest of a series of weapons demonstrations this year.

The missiles were the first weapons fired by the North since South Korea’s new conservative President Yoon Suk Yeol took office on Tuesday.

Both South Korea and Japan condemned the launches from the North’s capital region yesterday afternoon.

The missiles plunged into the waters between North Korea’s eastern coast and Japan’s exclusive economic zone, Japanese Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi said. There was no report of damage to aircraft or vessels.

South Korea’s military said that it had boosted its readiness and surveillance while maintaining close co-ordination with the US. It called on Pyongyang to immediately halt its repeated missile firings.

Earlier in the day, North Korean state media confirmed the country’s first Covid-19 infections as leader Kim Jong Un ordered nationwide lockdowns to slow the spread of the virus.

He also ordered officials to bolster the country’s defence posture to avoid any security vacuum.

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