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North Korea fires TWO ‘unidentified projectiles’ days after testing long-range cruise missile – reports

Pyongyang has fired two unidentified projectiles from its east coast into the Sea of Japan, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Japanese Coast Guard.

The projectile, alleged to be a ballistic missile, appears to have landed outside of Japan’s exclusive economic zone, according to the coastguard. Neither Japanese authorities, nor the South Korean military, have shared additional details about the suspected launch.

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A photo provided by Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 13, 2021 purportedly shows the launch of a new long-range cruise missile in North Korea © Reuters/KCNA
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The reported launches come not long after North Korean state media stated the country had successfully tested a new long-range cruise missile on Monday, which reportedly traveled some 1,500km (930 miles) before hitting a target in Pyongyang’s territorial waters. 

The move was denounced by Washington, with the Pentagon saying it proved North Korea is a threat to “its neighbors and the international community,” while Japanese officials also noted they were “concerned” over the reports. 

Within one day of the earlier launch, US, South Korean and Japanese envoys met to discuss Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, with the head of the US delegation, Sung Kim, stating that “recent developments in the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] are a reminder of the importance of close communication and cooperation from the three countries,” apparently referring to Monday’s missile test.

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FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un greets military members on the 73rd anniversary of the country's founding, Pyongyang, North Korea, September 9, 2021. © REUTERS/KCNA
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