North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Mar 29, the fourth such launch this month as the world battles the coronavirus outbreak.
The string of weapons drills come as a prolonged hiatus in disarmament talks with the United States drags on, and despite recent overtures from Washington offering help to contain the pandemic.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North fired the two projectiles, presumed to be ballistic missiles, from the port city of Wonsan into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea. Such military action by North Korea is an extremely inappropriate act when the entire world is having difficulties due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Intensive training in military, typically by means of repeated exercises.
The act of reducing, limiting, or abolishing weapons.
Since the end of the Cold War, international efforts toward disarmament have embarked on a new phase.