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N.Korea fires 2 unidentified projectiles into East Sea
Published: Mar 25, 2021 06:08 PM
North Korea has fired two unidentified projectiles into the East Sea, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said on Thursday.

The projectiles were launched into the eastern waters from North Korea's South Hamgyong province in the morning.

Yonhap news agency reported that the projectiles were estimated to have been ballistic missiles.

The JCS said in a statement that the intelligence authorities of South Korea and the US were analyzing further details on the projectiles.

It noted that the South ­Korean military strengthened surveillance and was ­maintaining a full readiness posture in close cooperation with the US.

If confirmed, it would be the first ballistic missile launch by North Korea in about one year.

The presidential Blue House said Thursday it convened an emergency session of the National ­Security Council standing committee at 9 am local time over North ­Korea's projectile launches.

It followed Pyongyang's test-launch on Sunday of two cruise missiles off its west coast.

According to the South ­Korean military, the two cruise missiles were fired westward from North Korea's west coast on Sunday morning and traveled in a short range.

It was not in violation of UN Security Council resolutions that ban Pyongyang from testing ballistic missiles.

North Korea's missile launch came after South Korea and the US conducted their annual springtime military exercises on March 8 to 18. 
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