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North Korea Fires 2 Unidentified Projectiles, Sixth Time in Less than a Month

  • South Korean military officials said that North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into the Sea of Japan on Sunday. This is the 6th launch by DPRK in less than a month. South Korea's Joint Chief of Staff called it a “totally inappropriate behavior”, especially when the world is in the midst of fighting COVID-19 pandemic. The Korean military command said that they suspect the two projectiles to be short-range ballistic missiles that were fired from North Korea’s Wonsan area to the northeast. South Korea's Joint Chief of Staff also said that the launch took place at 6.10 am and the projectiles flew around 230 kilometers (142.92 miles) at an altitude of around 30 kilometers (18.64 miles). In a statement on Sunday, Japan's Self Defense Force has said that the missiles landed outside the country's Exclusive Economic Zone, which extends 200 nautical miles from the shore of Japan. The statement said that the firing of the missiles is a serious issue for the entire international community.  A senior official of the US administration said that the United States was aware of the launch.