North Korea continues to launch rockets

South Korea’s military says North Korea has launched two ballistic missiles of unknown types, days after a cruise missile test.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said two projectiles were launched from the east coast of North Korea this morning. The Japanese Coast Guard said it was likely a ballistic missile and did not fall into the country’s exclusive economic zone.

Neither Japan nor South Korea provided further details about the launch. North Korea has not commented or announced this information.

A ballistic missile was test-fired by North Korea on March 25.  Photo: KCNA.

A ballistic missile was test-fired by North Korea on March 25. Photo: KCNA.

The launch comes just days after North Korea announced it had successfully tested a strategic cruise missile with a range of at least 1,500 kilometers. Experts say the new missile can significantly enhance North Korea’s offensive capabilities, thanks to its ability to evade and penetrate enemy air defenses, as well as carry nuclear warheads.

The two launches came just days after a massive military parade in Pyongyang to mark the 73rd anniversary of North Korea’s founding. Pyongyang did not display any ballistic or cruise missiles during the event.

North Korea is under a series of international sanctions because of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, while nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have not made much progress. Sung Kim, US President Joe Biden’s special envoy for North Korea, has repeatedly expressed his willingness to meet his North Korean counterparts “anywhere, at any time”.

Vu Anh (Follow Yonhap)

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