North Korea fires multiple ballistic missiles

Nevertheless, they did not present a risk to the US or South Korea

Photo: KCNC

North Korea fired multiple ballistic missiles early Wednesday in Asia, according to South Korean military authorities. The projectiles were launched from the Hodo Peninsula in South Hamgyong province on the country’s east coast and flew about 250 km, the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, adding that the projectiles appeared to be a different type to previous launches.

The latest turn of events comes less than a week after North Korea test-fired two new short-range ballistic missiles, the first missile test since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump agreed to revive denuclearisation talks last month. Still, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said both projectiles reached an altitude of 30 miles and did not present a risk to the United States or South Korea.

“We are aware of reports of a missile launch from North Korea and we will continue to monitor the situation,” a senior Trump administration official told CNBC.

In April, North Korea claimed to have “tested a powerful warhead” in the first public weapons test for the regime since Trump and Kim met for a historic summit in Singapore last year. The move came after the two leaders held a second round of talks in Vietnam in February of this year, but negotiations collapsed.

Since 2011, Kim has fired more than 90 missiles and had four nuclear weapons tests, which is more than what his father, Kim Jong Il, and grandfather, Kim Il Sung, launched over a period of 27 years.

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