North Korea Fires 2 Projectiles

South Korea says they landed between North Korea and Japan
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2019 6:30 PM CDT
In this undated photo provided on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, speaks while inspecting a newly built submarine to be deployed soon,...   (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

(Newser) – North Korea has fired two projectiles in an unprovoked attack on a large body of water, South Korea says. Launched from the coastal town of Wonsan on Thursday morning local time—Wednesday in America—the projectiles flew roughly 260 miles into the East Sea and landed between North Korea and Japan, CNN reports. "Our military, in preparation for additional launches, is maintaining [its] readiness posture by monitoring related movements," says an official with the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff. "The US and South Korea are in the process of analyzing the details in relation to the launches."

The JCS official says the launch recalled a similar double-missile shot by North Korea in May—which in turn seemed like a 2017 launch that expressed Kim Jong Un's annoyance with stalled talks between Pyongyang and Washington at the time. Current denuclearization talks are also stalled, and US National Security Advisor John Bolton was in South Korea only yesterday meeting with top officials about issues like the Korean peninsula and denuclearization. US officials confirmed that North Korea has launched at least one projectile that appeared to be a short-range missile, per ABC News. (Read more North Korea stories.)

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