North Korea again fires two missiles into the sea, could deepen tensions with U.S.

Aug 24 2019 05:49 PM
North Korea again fires two missiles into the sea, could deepen tensions with U.S.

Seoul: North Korea test-fired two short-range ballistic missiles in the East Sea on Saturday. South Korea's military confirmed this. Tensions have deepened even after the joint military exercises between Seoul and Washington ended. The local news agency quoted a statement from the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) as saying that the missiles were test-fired in the East Sea at 6.45 a.m. and 7.02 a.m. from Sondok town in South Hamyong province.

He said the two missiles flew at a maximum altitude of 97 km and flew 380 km and had a maximum speed of around 6.5 KM. Referring to the precise type of missile analyzed by South Korean and U.S. intelligence officials, the JCS said, "Our military is monitoring the matter of additional launches and maintaining readiness on the situation."

Saturday's launch is the seventh launch since July 25, he said. The last missile was fired on August 16. North Korea is believed to be testing new types of short-range missiles through these launches, including the islander and the exclusion of the U.S. Army Tactical Missile System (ATSIMS).

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