North Korea fires ‘short-range ballistic missiles’
Pyongyang: North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles on Monday, the South’s military said, weeks after Pyongyang threatened to demonstrate a “new strategic weapon” and its deadline for Washington to offer sanctions relief expired.
The launch was the nuclear-armed North’s first for more than three months and came as nuclear negotiations with the United States remain at a standstill.
The two devices were fired eastwards over the sea from the Wonsan area on the east coast and flew 240 kilometres (150 miles) at a maximum altitude of 35 kilometres, the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
They were “believed to be short-range ballistic missiles,” a JCS official said.
South Korea’s security ministers expressed “strong concern” the North was “carrying out actions giving rise to military tensions”, the presidential Blue House said. – AFP