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N Korea fires cruise missiles, as US and Seoul prepare for drills

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South Korea says it is investigating launches after it detected two missiles fired from the North’s west coast into the sea.

(Al Jazeera) – North Korea has fired two cruise missiles into the sea, according to South Korean officials, in Pyongyang’s first weapons test since early last month.

“Early this morning, we detected that North Korea fired two cruise missiles into the West Sea from Onchon, South Pyongan province,” an unnamed military official told the Yonhap news agency on Wednesday.

The last weapons test took place on July 10, when the North fired what appeared to be multiple rocket launchers. It last tested cruise missiles in January.

“The US and South Korean military authorities are analysing detailed specifications such as flight distance,” a defence ministry official told the AFP news agency.

The launches come a day after South Korea and the United States began a four-day preliminary joint drill in preparation for the long-suspended live field training known as Ulchi Freedom Shield, which takes place from August 22 to September 1. The exercises infuriate Pyongyang, which sees them as a rehearsal for invasion.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on stage delivering an update on his 100 days in office
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, speaking to the media to mark his first 100 days in office, offered economic aid for North Korea provided it stopped developing nuclear weapons [Chung Sung-Jun/Pool Photo via AP Photo]

Wednesday also marked 100 days in office for South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol who said his government has no plans to pursue its own nuclear deterrent and called instead for more diplomacy.

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