North Korea fires two rounds of missiles, 2nd launch in a week, South Korea says

The launch comes after North Korea on Saturday launched what were described as short-range projectiles thought to involve multiple rocket launchers, including “new tactical guidance weapons.”

North Korea fired two rounds of missiles Thursday, its second launch in a week, South Korea said.

The missiles were fired east “from Sinori area located in Northern Pyongan Province” about 4:29 p.m. and 4:49 p.m. local time Thursday (around 3:30 a.m. ET), the South Korean Defense Ministry said.

On Saturday, North Korea launched what were described as several short-range projectiles. A South Korean military official has said that the launch was thought to involve multiple rocket launchers, including “new tactical guidance weapons.”

North Korean state media KCNA said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed that launch. KCNA claimed the launch was a drill “to estimate and inspect the operating ability and the accuracy of striking duty performance of large-caliber long-range multiple rocket launchers and tactical guided weapons.”

Experts who analyzed photos from the North Korean state media say it’s clear the the county tested a new solid-fuel missile that appears to be modeled after Russia’s Iskander short-range ballistic missile system, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

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