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N. Korea fires 2 'short-range ballistic missiles' into East Sea early Saturday Updated: 2019-08-24 09:49:41 KST

Our top story today, South Korea woke up to another missile launch by North Korea this morning.
The regime fired two projectiles into the East Sea around the break of dawn.
The South Korean government says it will be sharing information with Japan about this latest launch.
Let's connect to our Oh Jung-hee, who's joining us on the line for us.
Jung-hee, fill us in.

Mokyeon,
North Korea fired two projectiles into the East Sea at 6:45AM and 7:02AM, Korea time, from its eastern area of Sondok.
Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff says these projectiles are thought to be "short-range ballistic missiles."
The projectiles flew roughly 380 kilometers, reached an altitude of 97 kilometers and hit a maximum speed of over Mach 6.5, which is about 8,000 kilometers an hour.
This launch was the North's seventh test-fire of projectiles in the space of a month.
The North began its streak of tests on July 25th and has launched multiple types -- believed to be short-range ballistic missiles resembling Russia's Iskander, a large-caliber guided multiple rocket launcher, and surface-to-surface tactical missiles similar to U.S. ATACMS.

At 8:30AM, South Korea convened its National Security Council.
The council expressed "strong concerns" on how the North is continuing its projectile launches even after Seoul and Washington wrapped up their joint military exercise earlier this week.
It urged the North to stop acts that raise military tensions on the peninsula.

Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency reports that a senior U.S. official confirmed Washington is aware of the North's test-launch and is working closely with Seoul and Tokyo.
And according to Tokyo-based Kyodo News and NHK, Japan's defense ministry confirmed Pyeongyang fired multiple ballistic missiles into the East Sea, but they did not reach Japan's territorial waters or its exclusive economic zone.

The projectiles launched this morning are currently being analyzed.
The South Korean military says it will be sharing related information with Japan under their bilateral intel-sharing pact GSOMIA as Tokyo asked for the data.
As Seoul recently decided to pull out of GSOMIA, the deal is effective for 90 more days until November 22nd.
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