SEOUL ( Associated Press) – North Korea fired a pair of ballistic missiles into its eastern waters on Sunday in its first weapons test in a month, and two days later said it had conducted a key test needed to build an intercontinental ballistic missile. More mobile and powerful, designed to reach the continental United States.
The South Korean military detected the launch of two North Korean ballistic missiles from North Korean territory northwest of Tongchangri. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the missiles crossed in the direction of the country’s eastern waters.
He said the missiles were launched at 50-minute intervals, without giving further details, such as the type fired and the distance covered. The Joint Chiefs of Staff said the South Korean military has increased its alertness and preparedness in close coordination with the United States.
For their part, Japanese officials said they detected two missile launches from North Korea. Its coast guard said the missiles fell in the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. Japanese coast guard officials said both missiles fell outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launch Center is located in the Tongchangri region, from where the country has fired long-range satellite-carrying rockets in recent years, which the United Nations has described as disguised tests to test the technology of intercontinental ballistic missiles. described in.
At the Sohae facility on Thursday, North Korea conducted what it described as a test of a “high-powered solid fuel engine” for a new strategic weapon, a development experts say could give it an arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles with greater maneuverability. and greater difficulty in detection, and that may reach the continental United States.
It was not yet known whether the missiles were fired from the Sohae plant on Sunday.