North Korea test fires rockets in reminder of year-end deadline for US
Date: 2019-11-28 19:07
Breaking a month-long lull in missile tests, North Korea fired two short range projectiles into the sea off its east coast on Thursday (November 28) in what appeared to be the latest try out its new multiple rocket launchers, South Korea’s military said.
The test-firing came as the clock ticks down on the year-end deadline that Pyongyang had given the United Stated to show flexibility in their stalled denuclearization talks.
It also coincided with the US Thanksgiving holiday, and took place one day before the second anniversary of the North’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the US mainland.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the North fired the two projectiles into the sea from launchers in the eastern coastal town of Yonpo at around 5 p.m. (0800 GMT).
The rockets traveled up to 380 km (236 miles) and reached an altitude of 97 km (60 miles), the JCS said.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the launch was a threat to not only Japan but the region and beyond, though his defense ministry said the projectile did not enter Japanese airspace or its Exclusive Economic Zone.
The test also comes a week after South Korea pulled back from a decision to scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, a key element of security cooperation between the key US allies in the region.
On Thursday, the Pentagon referred Reuters to the US Forces Korea for comment. The State Department and the White House did not respond to a request for comment.
Based on Reuters