DPRK Fires Two Unidentified Missiles

Asia & Pacific

North Korea launched two unidentified projectiles from its western region toward the East Sea on Tuesday, the Yonhap news agency reported, citing the South Korean military.

“Our military is monitoring the situation in case of additional launches and maintaining a readiness posture”, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a Tuesday release, quoted by the South Korean news agency Yonhap.

According to the statement, an “unidentified projectile” was launched twice, in an eastward direction, from an inland area in North Korea’s South Pyongan Province on Tuesday morning.

South Korea’s JCS said, as quoted by The Japan Times on Tuesday that the projectiles were “short-range” and flew about 330 kilometres (205 miles).

Following the launches, a Japanese defence ministry official stated that there was no confirmation of any ballistic missile entering the country’s territory or Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), noting that there was no immediate threat to the country’s national security, according to Reuters.

The Vladivostok centre of the Russian Tsunami Warning Service said that it had recorded no seismic events in the Sea of Japan following the launches of projectiles.

A senior US administration official noted that the US was aware of the recent launches and is keeping a close watch on the situation.

“We are aware of reports of projectiles launched from North Korea. We are continuing to monitor the situation and…

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