North Korea fires ballistic missiles for the third time in eight days

The unidentified short-range missiles ended up in the Sea of Japan.


NSFW    YONGHUNG, NORTH KOREA — North Korea has launched additional unidentified short-range projectiles on August 2.

According to a statement from South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, the missiles were launched at 2:59 a.m. and 3:23 a.m. from Yonghung in South Hamgyong Province. Both landed in the Sea of Japan.

The statement didn't mention the exact number of missiles that were fired.This is the third time North Korea has fired projectiles in the past eight days, according to Reuters.

On July 25, North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles, identified as KN-23 off its east coast, according to the Korean Herald.

The first missile flew around 430 kilometers while the second flew around 690 kilometers. Both flew at an estimated altitude of 50 kilometers before landing in the Sea of Japan.

On July 31, North Korea fired two more unidentified ballistic missiles from its eastern port of Wonsan.

Both of the missiles were estimated to have flown around 250 kilometers at an approximate altitude of 30 kilometers before landing in the Sea of Japan, according to the Korea Times.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said they are monitoring the situation and are "maintaining a readiness posture."

North Korea had stated that the missile launches are intended as a warning to South Korea over its joint military exercises with the U.S. later this month.

Pyongyang also said the joint military exercises could cause a shift in its talks with the U.S., according to Reuters.

The country warned it may put an end to its freeze on nuclear and long-range missile tests that have been in place since 2017.

U.S. President Donald Trump reacted by referring to the missile tests as "very standard" and said he would be willing to negotiate with Kim Jong-Un despite the North's consecutive missile launches.
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