North Korea Fires Two Short-Range Missiles Into East Sea

North Korea has fired two unidentified short-range missiles into the sea, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

The missiles were launched, on Thursday morning, from mobile launchers positioned near the Wonsan city on the eastern coast of the country and they flew about 267 miles (430km) and reached an altitude of 30 miles (50km) before falling into the East Sea, also called Sea of Japan.

According to the JCS, the first missile was fired at 5.34 am local time and the second one was launched 23 minutes later. The JCS added that “the US and South Korea are in the process of analyzing the details in relation to the launches”.

The missile launch came amid increased uncertainty about the future of nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.

Last week, North Korea’s 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).

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