WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- For the second time in just a span of one week, North Korea has launched another”unidentified projectile” on Thursday, according to a South Korean military official.
- On Saturday, North Korea launched several short-range projectiles which appear to be similar to Russia’s Iskander ballistic missile system.
- KCNA reported on Wednesday that Saturday’s launch was a self-defensive military drill, but many saw it as a sign of the nation’s increasing frustration at stalled summits with the U.S. over its nuclear weapons.
North Korea on Thursday has launched an “unidentified projectile,” according to a South Korean military official.
The projectile, the second in less than a week, was fired east “from Sinori area located in Northern Pyongan Province” about 4:30 p.m. local time (3:30 a.m. ET), added the official.
The country launched several short-range projectiles on Saturday, which a South Korean military official has said to involve multiple rocket launchers, including “new tactical guidance weapons.”
State-controlled media outlet KCNA reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was present during last week’s launch. The news outlet said the launch was a military 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.”