North Korea fires two cruise missiles from west coast town of Onchon

North Korea fires two cruise missiles from west coast town of Onchon

SEOUL: North Korea fired two cruise missiles from the west coast town of Onchon early on Wednesday (Aug 17), a South Korean military source said.

The source added the South Korean and the United States military authorities are analysing details of the missiles’ flight, including the range.

The launches come a day after Seoul and Washington kicked four days of preliminary joint drills in preparation for the long-suspended live field training Ulchi Freedom Shield, which takes place from Aug 22 to Sep 1.

The two allies have scaled back combined military drills in recent years because of COVID-19 and to lower tensions with the North, which has accused the exercises of being a rehearsal for invasion.

Meanwhile, Pentagon on Tuesday said the US, South Korea and Japan participated in a ballistic missile defence exercise off Hawaii’s coast last week – the first such drills since 2017 as relations between Seoul and Tokyo hit their lowest in years.

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