DPRK fires 2 unidentified projectiles into eastern waters: S. Korean military

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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired two short-range projectiles into its eastern waters, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said on Thursday.

The JCS said in a statement that the South Korean military detected two projectiles, presumed to be short-range ballistic missiles, which were launched northeastward into the East Sea from areas in the DPRK's east coastal city of Hamhung at about 8:00 a.m. (2300 GMT Wednesday) and 8:05 a.m. local time (2305 GMT Wednesday).

The projectiles traveled some 190 km at an altitude of around 20 km. The intelligence authorities of South Korea and the United States were analyzing further details on the projectiles, the JCS said.

The JCS noted that the South Korean military was monitoring the relevant situation and maintaining readiness posture to prepare for the possible additional launch.

South Korea's presidential National Security Council (NSC) held an emergency meeting, expressing its regrets over the DPRK's recent missile tests.

The NSC members said a series of missile tests by the DPRK were against the demand from South Korea and the international community for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the region.

The members urged Pyongyang to rapidly respond to the international society's expectations to resolve issues through dialogue, stressing that security situations on the peninsula should not be worsened further.

The DPRK said it conducted four missile tests in January, including a hypersonic missile on Jan. 5 and Jan. 11 each, two railway-borne short-range ballistic missiles on Jan. 14, and two tactical guided missiles on Jan. 17.

The South Korean military said the DPRK launched two unidentified missiles, believed to be cruise missiles, into the East Sea on Jan. 25.

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