• N. Korea Engages In Sixth Show Of Force This Year

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un [Photo: KCNA-Newsis]

North Korea has fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the East Sea, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The JCS said the missiles were launched from Hamhung, a northeastern coastal area, and flew around 190 kilometers at a maximum altitude of 20 kilometers.

The South Korean military is maintaining a heightened readiness posture in the case of further provocations.

Thursday's launch marks the sixth show of force by the North so far this year and the second this week.

The North claimed it launched ballistic missiles, including a purported hypersonic missile, on four separate occasions, and on Tuesday, South Korea said it detected the apparent testing of two cruise missiles, which has yet to be confirmed by Pyongyang.

Experts say North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ramped up his country's testing activity in a bid to pressure the United States amid stalled nuclear talks.

Kim threatened last week to resume the testing of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, which he suspended in 2018 while initiating diplomacy with Washington.

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