N.Korea Keeps Firing Missiles

  • By Choi Yeon-jin

    August 02, 2019 13:00

    North Korea continues frantically to lob missiles into the sea amid resounding silence from the U.S. The Joint Chiefs of Staff here said the North fired two more unidentified short-range projectiles at 2:59 a.m. and 3:23 a.m. on Friday from South Hamgyong Province into the East Sea.

    The latest missile launch comes just two days after the last one and is the third test in recent weeks.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches a missile launch in Kangwon Province on Wednesday, in this photo released by the [North] Korean Central News Agency. /Yonhap

    The National Intelligence Service here earlier said it is keeping a close eye on the possibility of further missile launches in August, according to members of the National Assembly’s Intelligence Committee.

    The NIS said the launches are probably a reaction to South Korea's deployment of new F-35 fighter jets and joint military drills with the U.S., and motivated by an urge to improve its weapons ahead of denuclearization talks with the U.S.

    A missile is being fired from a blurred launch pad (circled) in Kangwon Province on Wednesday in this photo released by the [North] Korean Central News Agency. /Yonhap

    It said most of the North's estimated 70 submarines are berthed at the east coast or are moving around the East Sea.

    But the NIS was unable to give lawmakers details of that a new sub the North unveiled recently, saying the publicized images "intentionally hide its complete shape."

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