07/31/2019, 10.15
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Pyongyang launches two short-range missiles: it is the second test in six days

​The bombs flew for about 250 kilometers at an approximate altitude of 30 km. Launched from a mobile platform, the rockets are similar to those of last July 25th. The South Korean Defense Minister: "If it threatens us and provokes us, North Korea is an enemy."


Seoul (AsiaNews / Agencies) - This morning North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles off the east coast: it is the second test in less than a week. The Joint Command (Jcs) of the South Korean Armed Forces reported that the first missile was launched at 5.06 and the second at 5.27 from the Kalma area, near the north-eastern port of Wonsan. Analysts in Seoul estimate that both bombs flew for about 250 kilometers at an approximate altitude of 30 km. South Korea and the United States are analyzing further details.

Citing military sources, South Korean media claim that the missiles were launched from a mobile platform (Tel) and are similar to those of last week. Pyongyang state media reported that the July 25 tests - held under the supervision of leader Kim Jong-un - had been planned to send a "solemn" warning to South Korea: joint military exercises would be aroused by the regime between this month's Seoul and Washington and the South Korean government's purchase of US high-tech fighter jets.

South Korea held a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) to discuss the latest launches. Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo says: "If they threaten and provoke us, the regime and the North Korean military are obviously included in the concept of an enemy." Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha adds that the latest North Korean missile tests are not helpful in easing military tensions or maintaining momentum for denuclearization talks.

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