North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) into the East Sea for the second time in less than a week, according to reports.
The missiles were launched from mobile transporter erector launchers (TEL) positioned in the Kalma area in the country’s eastern port city of Wonsan, on July 31.
According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), the first missile was launched at 5:06 a.m., and the second at 5:27 a.m. The missiles flew about 250 km and reached an altitude of around 30 km before falling into the East Sea, also called Sea of Japan.
The twin launch came six days after the firing of two short-range ballistic missiles from the same area into the East Sea. Those missiles flew some 600 kilometers and reached an altitude of around 50 km, and were later identified as KN-23, the designation of North Korean version of Russia’s Iskander ballistic missile.
The missile launches came amid increased uncertainty about the future of denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang.
Earlier this month, North Korean state media has released images of its leader Kim Jong Un inspecting a new submarine under construction. According to reports, the submarine appeared to be a modified version of the Chinese Type 033 Romeo-class submarine capable of carrying submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs).