Kamala Harris in S Korea day after North fires missiles

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By Jean Macknezie successful Seoul and Frances Mao successful Singapore
BBC News

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The US Vice President is to get successful South Korea

US vice president Kamala Harris arrived South Korea a time aft the North fired 2 ballistic missiles disconnected its eastbound coast.

The motorboat - 2 days aft South Korean and US troops held associated drills - was a wide enactment of intimidation that underscored determination tensions.

Both South Korea and Japan officials reported the tests connected Wednesday night, condemning the "provocations".

The US bans North Korea from conducting ballistic and atomic limb tests.

But the closed-off communist authorities has consistently defied this prohibition successful caller years. This twelvemonth successful peculiar it has tested missiles astatine an unprecedented pace.

Pyongyang's missiles connected Wednesday followed another it had fired into the oversea betwixt Japan and South Korea connected Sunday, up of the subject drills.

South Korean authorities said Wednesday's missiles were launched betwixt 18:10 and 18:20 section clip (09:10-09-20 GMT), and flew 360km (225 miles), reaching an altitude of 30km. Japan's seashore defender besides picked up the launch.

"North Korea's provocations volition further fortify the South Korean-US deterrence and effect capability, and lone deepen North Korea's isolation from the planetary community," the South Korean Joint Chiefs said successful a statement.

The caller flurry of tests - 3 missiles successful 4 days - are the archetypal to instrumentality spot since June, according to South Korean officials.

Ms Harris volition sojourn Seoul earlier travelling to the borderline and the heavy fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) which separates the North and South.

The US vice president's travel follows her sojourn to Japan wherever she attended the ceremonial of erstwhile Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

On Wednesday, she besides addressed US troops astatine a subject basal successful Japan wherever she condemned North Korea's caller launches and its "illicit weapons programme which threatens determination stability".

Tensions connected the Korean peninsula person spiked this year, with Pyongyang ramping up its firing of ballistic missiles.

South Korea's President, Yoon Suk-yeol, who took bureau successful May, has promised a tougher stance connected North Korea and person ties with the US.

Earlier this month, North Korea passed a instrumentality declaring itself to beryllium a atomic weapons state, with person Kim Jong-un ruling retired the anticipation of talks connected denuclearisation.

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