North Korea Test-Fires Presumed Large-Caliber Rockets

North Korea test-fired two projectiles, presumed to be large-caliber rockets, on Nov. 28, Yonhap News Agency reported citing South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

The projectiles were launched from Yeonpo in the country’s eastern South Hamgyong Province into the waters off the east coast at around 5:00 p.m. Both the projectiles flew around 380 km, reaching a maximum altitude of around 97 km, and were fired within a 30-second interval.

“South Korean and U.S. intelligence authorities are analyzing additional features,” the JCS said. “Our military is monitoring the situation in case of additional launches and maintaining a readiness posture.”

The launch is the latest in a series of military moves amid stalled denuclearization talks with the United States.

This is the 13th time this year North Korea has carried out such a weapons test, with the last test-firing taking place on Oct. 31, when it fired two missiles towards the East Sea. In previous tests this year, the North launched new types of short-range missiles, including its version of Russia’s Iskander, as well as an upgraded version of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), Pukguksong-3.

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