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N. Korea Launches 2 Ballistic Missiles


Mon 01 Jul 2024 | 07:03 PM
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North Korea has launched two ballistic missiles off its eastern coast, according to the South Korean military.

This action follows North Korea’s warnings of countermeasures against the joint military exercises conducted by South Korea, the United States, and Japan.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea reported that a short-range ballistic missile was fired from the Gangyon area in South Hwanghae Province at approximately 5:05 a.m. local time (2005 GMT Sunday).

As per South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, a second unidentified ballistic missile was launched around 5:15 a.m.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff did not provide additional details such as the range achieved by the missiles.

However, they assured the South Korean military is enhancing surveillance and maintaining full readiness while sharing ballistic missile data with American and Japanese authorities.

The missile launches occurred shortly after North Korea's Foreign Ministry condemned the three-day "Freedom Edge" drills involving multi-domain exercises.

North Korea promised "offensive and overwhelming" countermeasures against what it described as an effort to bolster military alliances.

The recently concluded drills included fighter jets, warships, and an American aircraft carrier. North Korea's latest missile launch follows another ballistic missile launch towards the East Sea five days ago.

The North Korean regime claimed the test involved a multi-warhead missile, but South Korea dismissed this assertion as deceptive, stating the missile exploded mid-air.

This latest provocation comes amid growing concerns over deepening military ties between Pyongyang and Moscow.

Last month, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a "Comprehensive Strategic Partnership" agreement during a summit in Pyongyang.