• N. Korea Launches Two Ballistic Missiles Into East Sea
File footage of a North Korean missile test is seen on a television monitor at Seoul Station. (Photo: Yonhap)


North Korea has conducted another round of missile tests.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff reported Wednesday that the North fired two ballistic missiles from a central inland region into the East Sea.

It came just two days after the North's state-run media said the regime successfully conducted test-firings of a new type of cruise missile.

Ron Chang reports.


South Korea's Joint Chiefs said the first North Korean missile was fired off at 12:34 p.m. followed by a second missile five minutes later.

Local authorities analyzed the launch with U.S. intelligence and assessed the missiles were launched from Yangdeok in South Pyongan Province.

They reached an altitude of over 60 kilometers and traveled around 800 kilometers before landing in sea.

A JCS official said the Korean military is maintaining a heightened readiness and defense posture.

This is the North's fifth missile launch this year, and the second time that it's used ballistic technology, which is banned under U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Experts view these latest tests as clear indication that the regime's arsenal continues to grow amid the deadlock in dialogue and diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington.

The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said Wednesday's launches did not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel, territory or allies.

But Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga strongly condemned the North's action as threatening the peace and security of Japan and the region.

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