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N Korea conducts third weapons test

Mukul : risingbd.com
Publish on: 2019-08-02 9:59:55 AM     ||     Updated: 2019-08-02 6:09:26 PM

International Desk: North Korea has fired two projectiles which South Korean officials say appear to have been a new type of short-range missile.

The launch, the third in just over a week, came from North Korea's east coast early on Friday.

The string of tests are being seen as reaction to planned military exercises between South Korea and the US.

On Thursday, the UK, France and Germany called on North Korea to engage in "meaningful" talks with the US.

After a closed-door meeting at the UN Security Council, the countries said international sanctions needed to be fully enforced until Pyongyang had dismantled its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

The latest launches happened at 02:59 (17:59 GMT Thursday) and 03:23 local time from the Yonghung area in South Hamgyong province into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

It said the missiles flew very low - at about 25km (15 miles) - and travelled about 220km. Analysts said they appeared to have been unusually fast.

A spokesperson from South Korea's presidential office said there was a high possibility they were a new type of short range ballistic missile, similar to those fired last week.

The launch site appeared to have been a new one, said Ankit Panda, adjunct senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists.

However US President Donald Trump said he was not worried with the recent spate of launches, as they were "very standard" and not part of recent talks with Kim Jong-un.


risingbd/Aug 2, 2019/Mukul