SEOUL/WASHINGTON — North Korea fired two short-range projectiles into the Sea of Japan early Friday, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, in its third series of launches in a week.
The projectiles were launched at 2:59 a.m. and 3:23 a.m., respectively, from South Hamgyong Province, the JCS said, adding it is on the lookout for possible further launches.
U.S. media reports said the projectiles are believed to be short-range missiles. The Japanese government said it has confirmed that neither projectile fell into its territorial waters or within its exclusive economic zone.
Washington is aware of the reports of the missile launches and will continue to monitor the situation, according to the U.S. media reports.
The missile firings followed the launch Wednesday of what the North’s Korean Central News Agency called a “newly-developed large-caliber multiple launch guided rocket system.”
On July 25, North Korea also launched two short-range ballistic missiles, saying it was a warning against South Korea’s plan to carry out a joint military exercise with the United States this month.