• N. Korea Fires Two Ballistic Missiles After Criticizing US Sanctions
North Korea claimed that it fired a hypersonic missile on Tuesday. [Photo: KCNA-Newsis]  

North Korea is believed to have fired on Friday two ballistic missiles.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles, presumed to be short-range ballistic missiles, flew eastward from a site in North Pyongan Province, a northwestern region bordering China, and landed in the East Sea.

The launch marks Pyongyang's third show of force so far this year.

Earlier, the regime claimed it successfully test-fired hypersonic missiles on two separate occasions, once on Tuesday and the other last week.

But the latest launch came after the U.S. imposed fresh sanctions on North Koreans involved in the reclusive state's missile programs.

In response to that action, North Korea's foreign ministry issued a warning, saying it will be forced to take "stronger" action if Washington continues to be confrontational.

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