North Korea fires two ballistic missiles early this morning… Late night provocation

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North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles again early this morning.

It has fired missiles once every two days in the last two weeks, and they seem to demonstrate their ability to fire by changing locations.

This is reporter Cha Joo-hyuk.

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North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles for 10 minutes starting at 1:48 am this morning.

Following the three days ago in Pyongyang, this time, it was launched from Muncheon, Gangwon Province, where the naval base is, to the East Sea.

It is being interpreted as a deliberate provocation aimed at ending the ROK-US joint maneuver exercise that took place on the 7th and 8th.

While the military authorities are closely analyzing the types of missiles, the Japanese government is not ruling out the possibility that it could be a submarine-launched SLBM.

Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the two missiles landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, with an estimated flight distance of 350 kilometers.

North Korea’s recent missile provocation began two days after the US nuclear carrier Reagan entered the port of Busan.

It is already the 7th time since the 25th of last month, it was launched once every two days.

From Taecheon in North Pyeongbuk and Suncheon in South Pyeongnam, Sunan and Samseok in Pyongyang, and Muncheon in Gangwon, the launch time and location were generally different, but this is the first time this year that the launch took place at midnight.

It is analyzed that this is to demonstrate the real ability to launch missiles anytime, anywhere.

In particular, it is interpreted that the intention was to provoke the Korean military by choosing the late night time zone when the recent launch of the Hyunmoo-2 missile failed.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff said it is strengthening its vigilance and surveillance against North Korea and maintaining a fully prepared posture through close cooperation with the United States.

This is Cha Joo-hyuk from MBC News.

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