Seoul, May 4: North Korea test fired several short-range projectiles off its eastern coast on Saturday morning thus escalating tensions as the denucleariustaion talks with United States remain stalled.
South Korea said that the term projectiles could include ballistic missiles, rockets or use of a multi rocket launcher.
The statement released by South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff (JCS) said the unidentified missiles had been launched between 9.06 and 9.27 a.m., from a site near Wonsan, on the Hodo peninsula, located along North Korea’s eastern coast.
The missiles flew 70 to 200 kilometers (43 to 125 miles) before crashing into the sea.
Both South Korean and US authorities were analyzing the details as this test comes amid ongoing international negotiations on the Korean Peninsula’s denuclarization. .
“Our military has been closely watching North Korea’s movements and has maintained a full-fledged posture in close coordination with the US,” the JCS added.
We are aware of North Korea’s actions tonight,” the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said on Friday night in Washington. “We will continue to monitor as necessary.” A Pentagon spokesman, Chris Sherwood, said officials there were looking into the launch and were not yet able to confirm anything.
On April 18, Pyongyang said that leader Kim Jong-un had supervised the test of a new tactical weapon, without providing further details.