North Korea on Tuesday launched two short-range ballistic missiles toward the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, days before the United States and South Korea were scheduled to begin a joint military exercise.
The statement comes just an hour after the North fired on Tuesday “two projectiles that are assumed to be short-range ballistic missiles” from South Hwanghae province on its west coast.
The missiles flew about 450km across the peninsula and into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, reaching an altitude of 37km and a speed of “at least Mach 6.9”, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement.
The North again expressed anger at US-South Korean military drills that began on Monday. It says they violate agreements reached with US President Donald Trump and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in.
While the main drills will start on 11 August, low-key preparation has begun.
The US said it was monitoring the situation and consulting with South Korea and Japan.