S Korea monitoring situation after N Korea fires projectiles

Seoul [South Korea]: According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), the country is monitoring the situation after North Korea fired unidentified short-range projectiles twice off its east coast on Friday.

“We are monitoring the situation in case of additional launches and maintaining a readiness posture,” Yonhap News Agency quoted the JCS as saying.

The third such launch in a week, the projectiles were fired at around 2:59 am and 3:23 am from North Korea’s Yonghung and South Hamgyong provinces into the East Sea. The JCS added that the two projectiles flew around 220 kilometers at an altitude of 25 kilometers.

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More analysis was required to ascertain the exact type of projectiles fired, said the South Korean Presidential office.

The latest launches come just 48 hours after two short-range ballistic missiles were fired by North Korea from an allegedly new multiple launch rocket system.

Furthermore, North Korea had also launched two short-range missiles last week, which bore similarities with Russia’s Iskander missiles. The new type of ballistic missiles have been codenamed KN-23.

Pyongyang claimed to have sent a “solemn” warning to Seoul through last week’s launches, over South Korea’s planned military exercises with the US.

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