North Korea test-fired two “strategic cruise missiles” from a submarine near Kyongpho Bay off the country’s east coast late Sunday, according to North Korean state media and South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.
The state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the drill was carried out in response to “anti-DPRK military maneuvers” by “US imperialists and South Korean puppet forces”.
“The drill confirmed the reliability of the weapon system and tested the submarine units’ underwater-to-surface offensive operations, which are another key force of the DPRK nuclear deterrent,” KCNA said in a statement.
Yonhap news agency reported that South Korea’s military confirmed that they detected the launch of an “unspecified missile” by North Korea, adding that they are “maintaining full readiness in close cooperation with the United States”.
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The US is conducting joint military drills with South Korea over an 11-day period starting on Monday. United States Forces Korea said the exercise, known as Freedom Shield, “will enhance the units’ combat readiness and joint defense posture.”
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North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un oversaw a mock attack on South Korea on Friday, instructing his country’s military to prepare in response to “frantic war preparation moves” from the country’s enemies.
Timothy Nerozi of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.
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