November 01, 2019 09:33
North Korea launched two projectiles into the East Sea from South Pyongan Province on Thursday afternoon, the regime's 12th missile test this year.
"We detected two unidentified short-range projectiles the North fired towards the East Sea from Sunchon, South Pyongan Province" at around 4:30 p.m., the Joint Chiefs of Staff here said.
Sunchon is on the west coast, and they flew about 370 km at an altitude of some 90 km. The JCS said they were probably a North Korean version of the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) or rounds from a super-large multiple rocket launcher.
The Japanese Defense Ministry said they "appeared to be ballistic missiles."
When the missiles were launched, Cheong Wa Dae's National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong was chairing a regular staff meeting. "We tried to analyze the nature of the projectiles and discussed a response," a Cheong Wa Dae official said.
The provocation came only a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent a message of condolence to President Moon Jae-in on his mother's death. Kim expressed "his deep sympathy and condolences," according to Cheong Wa Dae spokeswoman Ko Min-jung.
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