North Korea test fires short-range missiles

North Korea test fires short-range missiles

North Korea has fired several short-range missiles eastward from the city of Wonsan on its east coast, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

The missiles went off at 9:06 a.m. on Saturday from the east coast town of Wonsan in the direction of the Sea of Japan (known in the Koreas as the East Sea) on Saturday, the agency reported, quoting South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

The projectiles flew between 70 and 200km.

South Korean and US authorities are reportedly analyzing the firing.

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“At present, our military has intensified surveillance and vigilance to prepare for North Korea’s additional launches,” South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, adding that Seoul and Washington were “working closely together and maintaining their full preparedness.”

The Pentagon could not confirm the missile launch but said officials were looking into the report.

If the firing is confirmed, it would mark North Korea’s first missile test since November 2017.