North Korea fires short-range ballistic missiles, South Korea says

Seoul, South Korea

North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles on Friday, South Korean officials said, the latest in an unprecedented year of weapons tests.

The missiles were fired from Pyongyang’s Sunan area around 4:32 p.m. local time, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement on Friday. He added that the two missiles were launched into the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

Japan’s Coast Guard said it believed a ballistic missile had fallen outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, citing information from the country’s Defense Ministry.

This is the 36th day North Korea has fired missiles this year alone, often launching multiple weapons at once.

Under leader Kim Jong Un, the isolated nation has aggressively increased missile testing, with US and South Korean experts warning that Pyongyang could be preparing for a nuclear test, which would be the first in more than five years

Satellite images earlier this year showed activity at its underground nuclear test site.

This is a developing story. More to follow…

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