September 14, 2023 09:27
North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles towards the East Sea from Sunan in Pyongyang on Wednesday morning, about an hour ahead of leader Kim Jong-un's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Amur Oblast.
This is the first time the North has fired a missile while its leader is visiting a foreign country.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff here said the two missiles flew about 650 km and fell into the East Sea. The launches came about two weeks after the regime fired what it claimed were two long-range "strategic" cruise missiles towards the West Sea.
The firing in Kim's absence "suggests that Kim Jong-un has a military purpose in his visit to Russia," a government source here claimed. "There's a possibility that the North and Russia will stage joint military drills in the future."
In a statement, the JCS said, "We strongly condemn North Korea's constant ballistic missile launches as grave provocations that undermine the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula as well as the international community, and a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions."
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