In an addition to its latest missile launches, North Korea has fired ballistic missiles.
According to US officials, the middle-range missiles were fired off-the-east-coast where they went up for 500 miles after which they fell into the water.
Later on, the US asked that Pyongyang should stop raising tensions. The ballistic missiles launch is happening a day after President Barack Obama imposed new sanctions against the country after it practiced the outlawed satellite launch and nuclear test.
The orders from the US state freezes the property that N. Korea has in the US. Also, the US investment and exports to North Korea are banned while the powers to blacklist individuals that deal with the North, including non-American, have been expanded.
When the country launched the 7th Feb satellite launch and the 6th January nuclear test, it violated the UN sanctions that had already been imposed against it.
US defence officials said two launches had been tracked of what appeared to be Nodong missiles fired from road-mobile launch vehicles.
Nodong has a maximum range of 1, 300 km and can therefore go as far as the whole of South Korea and some parts of Japan. The last time Nodong test was carried out was in March 2014.
Japan Prime Minister, Abe Shinzo confirmed the launch and said that they would collaborate with South Korea and the US so as to forge a collective response.
Lieutenant Colonel Baldanza Michelle of the US defense press stated that “We call on North Korea to refrain from actions that further raise tensions in the region.”
As the tensions continue to be on the rise, North Korea ruled a 15-year hard labor sentence against a US student for crimes against the state.
The US demanded for an immediate release of Otto Warmbier. The 21-year-old was arrested because he tried to steal a propaganda sign when he visited in January.
The two countries will hold their biggest military drills this year and this has always raised tensions.