N. Korea launches two projectiles; appear to be short-range ballistic missiles
Updated: 2022-01-14 17:02:24 KST
Just a few hours ago, North Korea fired two projectiles, possibly ballistic missiles, into the East Sea.
This is the third time this month that the regime has launched some sort of projectile.
For more on this, we have our defense correspondent Bae Eun-ji live at the Ministry of National Defense.
Eun-ji, what information do we have so far?
Well Jung-min, South Korea's military reported the North fired two projectiles toward the East Sea this afternoon.
"Our military has detected two projectiles that appear to be short-range ballistic missiles, that North Korea launched near Uiju, Pyeonganbuk-do Province toward the East Sea."
The Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North fired two projectiles that appear to be short-range ballistic missiles at 2:41 PM and 2:52 PM.
This is the third launch in less than two weeks, and just three days after the regime last fired a missile.
The military said its assessment shows that the projectile flew 430 kilometers, at an altitude of 36 kilometers.
A military official reportedly said it flew at about six times the speed of sound.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff added that the South Korea and U.S. intelligence agencies are conducting detailed analysis for additional information.
It is currently monitoring the situation to be ready for any additional launches by the North.
Today's launch comes just hours after North Korea warned of strong action over the sanctions the U.S. placed on it earlier this week.
So Eun-ji, there's limited information about today's launch.
Is there anything you can tell us about the missile North Korea fired three days ago, and the one it fired last week?
The North had claimed that Tuesday's launch was a successful test of its "hypersonic missile" under the watch of its leader Kim Jong-un.
It said the missile "precisely hit" a target one-thousand kilometers away.
Following the launch, Seoul's military said its initial assessment shows that the missile flew at least 700 kilometers, at a speed of up to ten times the speed of sound, or more than 12-thousand kilometers per hour.
At this speed, the capital city of Seoul could be reached in just one minute, and anywhere in the Korean Peninsula in less than two minutes.
Hypersonic missiles are seen as a game-changer because they are easier to maneuver and operate at high speeds meaning they are harder to track and intercept.
North Korea also launched a missile last Wednesday, which it claimed was a hypersonic missile.
Pyeongyang is banned from developing or testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons under multiple UN Security Council resolutions.
That's all I have for now at this hour, back to you, Jung-min.