North Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles

2 March 2020 (Last Updated March 3rd, 2020 06:40)

North Korea has reportedly test-fired two missiles that are believed to be short-range ballistic weapon systems.

North Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles
North Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles in the first weapon test of 2020. Credit: Stefan Krasowski.

North Korea has reportedly test-fired two missiles that are believed to be short-range ballistic weapon systems.

This is said to be the country’s first weapons test in 2020, according to South Korean military officials.

Officials said that the missiles were launched from the coastal town of Wonsan, North Korea.

South Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the missiles have 240km flight distance and 35km altitude.

The missiles flew towards the north-east before landing in the waters between South Korea and Japan, according to media sources.

An investigation is currently being conducted by South Korean and US officials on the development.

Following the missile launch, a combat-readiness drill was also conducted. Tests and drills were executed under the supervision of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

A UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said in a statement: “We are disappointed that North Korea has carried out a short-range ballistic missile test, a clear breach of UN Security Council resolutions and the fourteenth ballistic missile test in the past year.

“We strongly encourage North Korea to change course and to take concrete steps to denuclearise. Until we see credible steps towards this goal, sanctions must continue to be enforced.”

Last year, the country tested its large, multi-rocket launcher. It is said to be capable of hitting US bases in Japan or South Korea.