North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles toward the East China Sea over the weekend, according to the South Korean military — a move that highlights the country’s continuing military expansion amid a global health pandemic.
The U.S. and South Korea have said they are looking into the launches, while Seoul called on Pyongyang to end its “very inappropriate” military activity as the world grapples with the coronavirus crisis.
The missiles are believed to have been launched from North Pyongan Province and traveled approximately 410 kilometers into the East Sea, according to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“Such military action by North Korea is highly inappropriate at a time when COVID-19 is causing difficulties worldwide,” the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said, according to Reuters.
While North Korea has yet to declare a single confirmed case of coronavirus, it is reported to have closed its borders with China and imposed drastic quarantine measures.