North Korea fires two more missiles into sea
SEOUL, Aug 24: North Korea on Saturday fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea after vowing to remain the biggest "threat" to the United States and branding Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as "toxin."
It was the latest in a series of short-range missile tests the nuclear-armed nation has carried out in recent weeks in protest against US-South Korean military exercises, which it sees as a rehearsal for invasion. The latest joint drill wrapped up on Tuesday.
"The military detected two unidentified projectiles presumed to be short-range ballistic missiles," South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff in a statement on Saturday after the latest launch.
The missiles flew about 380 kilometres (240 miles) and reached an altitude of 97 kilometres at a top speed of Mach 6.5 before landing in the East Sea, also known as Sea of Japan, it said.
"Our military is tracking the movement in the North in case of additional launches, with firm readiness," it added.
South Korea's presidential Blue House convened a National Security Council meeting and expressed "grave concerns" in a statement, pointing out Pyongyang had carried out the launch after the joint US-South Korea military drills had ended.
"NSC members agreed to continue diplomatic efforts with the international community to bring the North back to negotiation table with the US to achieve the goal of complete denuclearisation in the Korean peninsula."
Tokyo also believed North Korea had fired "ballistic missiles" in violation of UN resolutions, Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya told reporters. -AFP