18:28 GMT16 April 2021
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The statement from the Pentagon comes after North Korea test-fired two ballistic missiles toward the Sea of Japan in the early hours of Thursday, sparking concern in South Korea and Japan.

    "We are aware of North Korean missile launches this morning into the East Sea [Sea of Japan]. We will continue to monitor the situation and are consulting closely with our allies and partners. This activity highlights the threat that North Korea's illicit weapons programme poses to its neighbours and the international community", US Indo-Pacific Command spokesperson, Navy Capt. Mike Kafka said in a statement.

    A man, right, watches a public TV screen broadcasting news of North Korea's launch of missile, in Tokyo
    © AP Photo / Eugene Hoshiko
    A man, right, watches a public TV screen broadcasting news of North Korea's launch of missile, in Tokyo

    He also reaffirmed the US commitment to ensuring the security of South Korea and Japan.

    According to Washington, at least two cruise missiles were fired by the North Korean military, however, it remains unclear whether they were short, medium, or long-range.

    Following the reports of launches, Japan called an extraordinary meeting of its National Security Council, while the US initially stated it does not view North Korea's actions as provocative.

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    missile launches, missile launch, missile launch, US, Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), South Korea
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