North Korea shoots two new projectiles, challenges the US and South Korea
North Korea has fired two new projectiles into East Sea on Tuesday after the US and South Korea announced to start their joint military drills on August 5.
According to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, these two projectiles flew 450 km (280 miles) and its altitude was 37 km (23 miles)
Although the type of these projectiles is still identified, the South Korean military expressed “South Korean and US intelligence authorities believe that these short-range missiles bear similar flight features to the ballistic missiles North Korea test-fired on July 25"
North Korea call the military drills of the US and South Korea ‘compelled’ it “to develop, test and deploy the powerful physical means essential for national defense" and also warned “will be compelled to seek a new road as we have already indicated” if the US and South Korea extended their military activities
After the North Korea’s new projectiles launch, the US Defense Department said “We continue to monitor the situation and are consulting closely with our South Korean and Japanese allies."
The new North Korea’s projectiles files was considered as a response to the US – South Korea’s military drills which was affirmed to begin on Monday by South Korea’s defense ministry. North Korea had expressed its wish to disagree about the military drills by threatening to carry out missiles tests if the US and South Korea did not cancel their plan. However, the US and South Korea still held their military exercises as their ignorance to the North Korea’s warning.
Reuters, DW, Aljazeera ( Van Nguyen )