North Korea Fires Three Ballistic Missiles, Seoul Says
Written by Morenike Adebayo on September 5, 2016
North Korea has fired three ballistic missiles off its east coast, according to South Korea’s military, in a show of force apparently timed to coincide with the ongoing G-twenty economic summit in China.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement today that the three missiles, launched from the western North Korean town of Hwangju, flew across the country before splashing in the Sea of Japan off its east coast.
South Korea’s military said all three missiles were medium-range Rodong class and flew about one thousand kilometers. A South Korean military official said at least one of the missiles fell into Japan’s Air Defence Identification Zone.
The development came as world leaders gathered for the G-twenty summit of advanced and emerging economies in Hangzhou in eastern China. It also came four days before the sixty-eighth anniversary of the founding of North Korea’s government, and just days after South Korean and US troops ended annual joint military drills.