SEOUL —North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles early Wednesday morning, the Washington Post is reporting.
The newspaper quoted a statement by South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff that stated the missiles were launched from near the Wonsan-Kalma area, the site of many previous missile launches, on North Korea’s east coast, at 5.06 and 5.27 a.m. They flew about 150 miles and reached an altitude of about 20 miles.
“North Korea’s continued missile launches do not help relieve tensions on the Korean Peninsula and we urge North Korea to stop such acts,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
This was the second missile launch in a week after Pyongyang fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan last Thursday.
North Korea said last week’s launch was a direct response to planned US and South Korean joint military exercises and the South’s deployment of what it called “ultramodern offensive weapons,” almost certainly a reference to its import of US F-35A stealth fighters, the Post reported.