N.Korea projectile appears to be short-range ballistic missile - S.Korea




  • In US
  • 2019-08-10 00:50:25Z
  • By Reuters

SEOUL, Aug 10 (Reuters) - North Korea's latest projectile appears to be a short-range ballistic missile, South Korea said on Saturday. The launch on Saturday morning was aimed at testing capabilities of North Korea's new type of short-range missile it is developing on its own, as well as protesting South Korea-U.S. joint drills this month, the South Korean presidential office said in a statement. Pyongyang fired two projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast on Saturday in its latest weapons launch following a series of missile tests in recent months. The presidential office said the chief of South Korea's national security office, the country's defense minister and head of the intelligence agency held a video conference to discuss North Korea's weapons launch. (Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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