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North Korea fires two ballistic missiles into East Sea: JCS

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News of North Korea's mid-range missile launch appears on a news broadcast on a TV at Seoul Station in April. [YONHAP]
News of North Korea’s mid-range missile launch appears on a news broadcast on a TV at Seoul Station in April. [YONHAP]

North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles towards the East Sea, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Thursday evening.

The missiles were launched from Sunan area, near Pyongyang.

The launch comes 63 days after North Korea fired its intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-18 on solid fuel on April 13.

At the end of May, North Korea also launched what it claimed to be a military surveillance satellite, thought the launch ended in failure.

North Korea’s latest missile launch came on the same day South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol observed a large-scale live-fire artillery drill by South Korean and U.S. troops in Pocheon, Gyeonggi, the first exercise of its kind in six years.

BY HO-JEONG LEE [lee.hojeong@joongang.co.kr]