The launches came a day after Pyongyang test-fired cruise missiles from a submarine amid US military drills
FILE PHOTO. The launch of a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) “Hwasong Gun 17”, at Pyongyang International Airport. © STR / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP
The South Korean military has said it detected the launches of two short-range ballistic missiles by the North early on Tuesday. The latest show of force by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) came as Washington and Seoul began major joint military exercises on the peninsula on Monday
Pyongyang has repeatedly said it views the drills as nothing short of a preparation for an attack on its territory.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted the Joint Chiefs of Staff as saying the rockets launched from the southwestern Jangyon area traveled 620 kilometers, before landing in the sea off the east coast.
Seoul’s military condemned the launches “as an act of significant provocation that harms peace and stability not only on the Korean Peninsula, but also in the international community.” The statement cited by Yonhap also noted that Seoul will be keeping a close watch on its neighbor for any signs of “additional provocations.”