North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) yesterday from an airport in its capital Pyongyang, South Korea’s military reported, the fourth test this month to show its expanding missile arsenal.
Japan also reported the launch, with Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno condemning it as a threat to peace and security.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, when asked about the suspected launch during a daily briefing, said: “We call on relevant sides to keep in mind the overall peace and stability on the peninsula,”
Nuclear-armed North Korea had already conducted three other missile tests in less than two weeks before yesterday, an unusually rapid series of launches. It said two of them involved single “hypersonic missiles” capable of high speed and manoeuvring after launch, while a test last Friday involved a pair of short-range ballistic missiles fired from train cars.
Yesterday’s launch appeared to involve two SRBMs fired east from Sunan Airfield in Pyongyang, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement.
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