North Korea fires two “ballistic missiles” into Sea of Japan


North Korea : North Korea has fired two unidentified “projectiles” into the sea, the South Korean military says.

According to Japan’s Defence Ministry, the objects “appeared to be ballistic missiles”.

If confirmed as a missile test, it would be the North’s 12th such launch this year.

That missile was, in theory, able to carry a nuclear weapon. Being launched from a submarine can make missiles harder to detect, and allows them to get closer to other targets.

Thursday’s projectiles were fired into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan. The launches are thought to have come from South Pyongan province, according to Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The projectiles landed outside Japan’s maritime exclusive economic zone, the Japanese coast guard said.

The South Korean military said it would maintain its readiness to track and monitor further launches.