North Korea fires two medium-range ballistic missiles

North Korea fired two ballistic missiles at sea off the east coast of the Korean peninsula on Sunday, South Korea and Japan said.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the two medium-range missiles flew about 311 miles.

Japan’s Deputy Defense Minister Toshiro Ino said the missiles appeared to have landed outside of Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and no damage was reported.

“North Korea’s ballistic missiles were launched at steep angles and landed in the East Sea,” South Korea’s JCS said in a statement.

“South Korean and US intelligence agencies are conducting a thorough analysis, taking into account recent trends related to North Korean missile development.”

A woman walks past a TV showing North Korean missile launches.

A woman walks past a TV showing North Korean missile launches.


A South Korean news report on the missile launches.

A South Korean news report on the missile launches.


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The North’s missile launch comes just days after the country tested a high-thrust solid-fuel engine that experts said would enable faster and more mobile ballistic missile launches as it seeks to develop a new strategic weapon and expand its nuclear and to accelerate missile programs.

The test, overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, was conducted Thursday at North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Ground, which was used to test rocket technologies, including rocket engines and launch vehicles, official KCNA news agency reported on Friday.

North Korea has conducted an unprecedented number of missile tests this year, including an ICBM that can reach the US mainland despite international bans and sanctions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches the testing of a new engine on December 15, 2022.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches the testing of a new engine on December 15, 2022.
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In November, North Korea test-fired an ICMB that Japanese officials said had sufficient range to reach the mainland United States and landed just 130 miles from Japan

Japan on Friday unveiled its biggest military buildup since World War II with a $320 billion plan that will buy missiles capable of hitting China and prepare it for prolonged conflict.

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