SEOUL: North Korea fired several short-range projectiles from Hodo peninsula in the east of the country on Saturday.
South Korea’s military sees it as an attempt to build pressure against the United States after February’s nuclear summit in Hanoi which ended without agreement. The South Korean military initially described it as a missile launch. However, later a vague description emerged about the test. The launch came a few weeks after North Korea conducted a tactical guided weapons test. This is the first test since the Vietnam summit between the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and US President Donald Trump.
If the unidentified projectiles were confirmed as missiles, it would be the first launch since North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in November 2017. Soon after the missile test, North declared that its nuclear force was complete. North Korea had also offered talks to South Koran and the United States.
In a statement, South Korea’s military office said the North fired several unidentified short-range projectiles from the east coast city of Wonsan around 9:00am. (0000 GMT) which flew about 70 kilometres to 200 kilometres (44-124 miles) before landing in the Sea of Japan.
The South Korean military also confirmed that it was conducting a joint analysis with the United States of the latest test by North Korea. Experts said projectiles seem to be multiple rocket launchers, not ballistic missiles. Japan’s Defense Ministry said there was no evidence the projectiles had landed in its territorial waters.