North Korea Tests New Short-Range Ballistic Missile

North Korea has test fired a new short-range ballistic missile, according to Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the state news agency.

The new “projectiles” were developed to suit the country’s terrain, and the latest test proved their “advantageous and powerful demand of the design was perfectly met,” KCNA said.

South Korea’s military had earlier announced that the North has launched two “unidentified” projectiles into the East Sea.

According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), the projectiles were fired from near its eastern coastal city of Hamhung in South Hamgyong Province. The flew around 400km at a height of about 48km before splashing down into the East Sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

This is the fifth missile launch by North Korea since July 25, when it fired two short-range missiles. It also came just four days after the North fired two projectiles believed to be the newly developed short-range ballistic missiles known as KN-23 (Iskander lookalike) into the East Sea.

North Korea SRBM
North Korean KN-23 short-range ballistic missile (SRBM).

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