North Korea Fires Multiple Short-Range ‘Projectiles’ into Sea of Japan

North Korea fired multiple unidentified short-range projectiles into the Sea of Japan (East Sea) on Saturday, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

The North “fired multiple rounds of unidentified projectiles from its east coast town of Wonsan in the northeastern direction between 9:06 a.m. and 9:27 a.m. today,” the JCS said in a release. The JCS had initially referred to the weapons as missiles but later revised it to ‘projectiles’.

According to the JCS, the projectiles flew for a range of about 70 kilometers to 200 kilometers.

The South Korean and U.S. authorities are analyzing details of the projectiles and the intention behind the firings, added the JCS statement.

Analysts said the North appears to have fired projectiles from its KN-09 (K-SS-X-9) 300mm multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) as part of its artillery units’ drills or to test the weapons system for improvement.

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