People watch a TV screen showing a news program reporting about the DPRK's missile launch with a file image, at a train station in Seoul on Jan 27, 2022. (LEE JIN-MAN / AP)
SEOUL - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea fired two short-range projectiles into its eastern waters, the Republic of Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said on Thursday.
The JCS said in a statement that the ROK's military detected two projectiles, presumed to be short-range ballistic missiles, which were launched northeastward into the East Sea from areas in the DPRK's east coastal city of Hamhung at about 8:00 am (2300 GMT Wednesday) and 8:05 am local time (2305 GMT Wednesday).
The projectiles traveled some 190 km at an altitude of around 20 km. The intelligence authorities of the ROK and the United States were analyzing further details on the projectiles, the JCS said.
The projectiles traveled some 190 km at an altitude of around 20 km. The intelligence authorities of the ROK and the United States were analyzing further details on the projectiles, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said
The JCS noted that the ROK's military was monitoring the relevant situation and maintaining readiness posture to prepare for the possible additional launch.
The ROK's presidential National Security Council (NSC) held an emergency meeting, expressing its regrets over the DPRK's recent missile tests.
The NSC members said a series of missile tests by the DPRK were against the demand from the ROK and the international community for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the region.
The members urged Pyongyang to rapidly respond to the international society's expectations to resolve issues through dialogue, stressing that security situations on the peninsula should not be worsened further.
The DPRK said it conducted four missile tests in January, including a hypersonic missile on Jan 5 and Jan 11 each, two railway-borne short-range ballistic missiles on Jan. 14, and two tactical guided missiles on Jan 17.
The ROK's military said the DPRK launched two unidentified missiles, believed to be cruise missiles, into the East Sea on Jan 25.