North Korea launches missile after quad announcement

Ballistic missile test after US and its allies condemn Pyongyang at Tokyo meeting

The South Korean military said Wednesday morning that it had fired several unidentified ballistic missiles from North Korea. The launch came after the United States, Japan, India and Australia – the so-called “Quadrilateral” – Condemns North Korea’s missile program and pledges itself “A free and open Indo-Pacific that is inclusive and resilient.”

The first missile was fired into waters off the east coast of North Korea, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement around 6 a.m. local time, without giving further details. The Japanese Coast Guard has confirmed that an unknown type of missile has been launched.

Within an hour, however, Seoul was reporting “Extra launches of unknown ballistic missiles to the north and east,” According to the Yonhap News Agency.

Pyongyang’s 17th missile test took place this year after US President Joe Biden left Japan to return to Washington after a five-day trip to Asia. Before parting, Biden and his “Quadrilateral” Colleagues have issued a joint statement on their role in the future of the region, dubbed by the United States. “Indo-Pacific.”

“We reaffirm our commitment to complete nuclear disarmament on the Korean Peninsula, in line with a UN Security Council resolution.” The statement was signed by Biden, Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and newly elected Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese.

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