North Korea threatens to take ‘new road’ with latest launches

North Korea threatens to take ‘new road’ with latest launches

People watch a television news screen showing a file footage of North Korea's missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on August 6, 2019. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Analysts believe the tests are designed both to improve North Korean military capabilities and to pressure Washington to offer more concessions.

North Korea has fired two unidentified projectiles into the sea off its east coast, the South Korean military said, as Pyongyang’s foreign ministry protested that joint South Korea-US military drills violated diplomatic agreements. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the latest projectiles, the fourth set of launches since July 25, were fired from South Hwanghae province early on Tuesday. The Yonhap news agency in South Korea said the projectiles flew 450km and reached an altitude of 37km. The North, criticising the South Korea-US military drills and the use of high-tech weapons, has fired a series of missiles and...

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