July 19, 2023 12:40
North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward the East Sea in the early hours of Wednesday, the Joint Chiefs of Staff here said.
The missiles were launched from the Sunan area of Pyongyang and traveled a distanced of 550 km before falling into the sea. U.S. and South Korean intelligence officials are analyzing the details.
The launch came a week after North Korea fired a new solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile. Just two days earlier, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong threatened "shocking" consequences if the U.S. continues bolstering South Korea's nuclear defense.
On Tuesday a new nuclear consultative group giving South Korea a say in the U.S.' nuclear weapons deployment here met for the first time in Seoul while a nuclear-armed U.S. submarine, the USS Kentucky, arrived in Busan.
"North Korea's ballistic missile launches are grave provocations that harm peace and stability both on the Korean Peninsula and the international community," the JCS said. "We strongly condemn this clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions and demand an immediate halt."
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