North Korea test fires two ground-to-ground missiles as US-South Korea drills continue
North Korea launched two ground-to-ground tactical ballistic missiles during drills on Tuesday.
Following Sunday’s missile launches, the DPRK fired two ground-to-ground missiles in the East Sea on Tuesday as part of a “demonstration missile-launching drill,” reported KCNA, the state news agency of North Korea.
KCNA states that the drill was conducted by the 11th firepower assault company of the KPA’s missile unit as a demonstration for sub-units. The missiles were launched from Jangyon County, South Hwanghae Province, and “precisely hit the target” of Phi Islet off the coast of Chongjin City, North Hamgyong Province, covering a distance of around 380 miles.
“Saying that they will surely annihilate the enemy if they fight it, the commander of the unit resolved to thoroughly have the ability to fully carry out its duty of fire assault any time by further intensifying the training of every firepower assault company, true to the Party’s policy on effecting a revolution in the training,” the report concludes.
The Korea Times reports that the JCS (South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff) detected the launches between 7:41 a.m. and 7:51 a.m. and that South Korean and U.S. intelligence authorities are “conducting a comprehensive analysis of the specifics of the missiles.”
The Korea Times article cites a text message from the JCS that reads, “We strongly condemn the North’s series of ballistic missile launches as an act of significant provocation that harms peace and stability not only on the Korean Peninsula, but also in the international community, and a clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.”
Media Coverage (4)
- Fox News
- North Korea launches multiple ballistic missiles into sea as South Korea warns of ‘grave provocation’
- North Korea says missile launches helped train for missions at any time
- South China Morning Post
- North Korea says ‘will surely annihilate the enemy’ with missiles if needed amid largest US-South Korea drills in years
- United Press International
- North Korea fires two ballistic missiles as U.S.-South Korea drills continue