N. Korea fires 2 ballistic missiles into the sea, military says
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired two intermediate-range ballistic missiles toward the Sea of Japan on Wednesday, the U.S. Strategic Command said, adding that one exploded immediately after launch.
The test came two weeks after the North test-fired a salvo of three missiles, highlighting the country’s growing anger over U.S. plans to deploy an advanced missile defense system on the peninsula and upcoming joint exercises with South Korea.
Wednesday’s missiles – confirmed to be Rodongs by South Korea’s Ministry of Defense – were fired simultaneously from the western city of Hwangju, STRATCOM said.
“Initial indications reveal one of the missiles exploded immediately after launch, while the second was tracked over North Korea and into the Sea of Japan,” it said in a statement.
The successful missile flew 630 miles before coming down in the Sea of Japan, the Ministry of Defense said. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff earlier reported that one missile was launched and landed in the sea.
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