North Korea launches two ballistic missiles towards sea, says Seoul

24 May 2022, 23:14

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Virus Outbreak North Korea. Picture: PA

The missiles were fired towards waters near North Korea’s eastern coast, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

North Korea has launched two ballistic missiles towards the sea, South Korea’s military said.

The missile firings came three days after the leaders of South Korea and the United States agreed to consider expanded military exercises to deter North Korean nuclear threats during President Joe Biden’s visit to Seoul.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the missiles were fired towards waters off North Korea’s eastern coast.

US President Joe Biden in Seoul
US President Joe Biden in Seoul (Evan Vucci/AP)

The statement gave no further details.

The launches were North Korea’s 17th round of missile firings this year.

Experts have said North Korea’s testing is aimed at modernising its weapons arsenal and at applying pressure on its rivals amid long-dormant nuclear diplomacy.

North Korea’s unusual pace in weapons tests this year included its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile since 2017 in March.

US and South Korean intelligence officials have said that North Korea could soon conduct its first nuclear test in nearly five years.

By Press Association

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