North Korea test-fires suspected missiles

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North Korea test-fired four missiles Monday morning, according to the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

Seoul is investigating what kind of ballistic projectiles were launched, with support from the United States.

Acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn denounced the launches as “a grave provocation to the international community”.

This is the second missile challenge from North Korea since U.S. President Donald Trump was sworn in. Despite mounting international pressure, the North tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile on Feb. 12.

The reclusive state faced severe sanctions from the UN Security Council for a series of launches last year, in addition to two nuclear tests.

The latest projectiles were fired at 7:36 a.m. from the northwest of the country, the JCS said in a statement carried by local news agency Yonhap.

They flew approximately 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) into waters belonging to Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

"It will take a while before we can come up with a final analysis," the JCS said, amid speculation that the North might have fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

The North's leader Kim Jong-un announced at the start of this year that he planned to test an ICBM.

More recently, Pyongyang has been bristling over ongoing joint military drills involving South Korea and the U.S.

2017.03.06 / 09:36
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