NORTH KOREA: The Kim Jong Un leadership has test-fired its fifth missile in less than two weeks. The launch comes as the US and South Korea are conducting joint military exercises.
North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast Saturday, South Korea’s military said.
The missiles were launched near the northeastern city of Hamhung and flew 400 kilometers (250 miles), reaching a maximum altitude of 48 kilometers (30 miles) before crashing into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.
The rogue regime has conducted five missile tests within the past two weeks in response to joint US-South Korean military drills that began this week.
The launch came hours after US President Donald Trump said he agreed with North Korea’s opposition to the military drills after receiving a “very beautiful letter” from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump also downplayed previous missile launches, saying: “There have been no nuclear tests. The missile tests have all been short-range. No ballistic missile tests. No long-range missiles.”