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North Korea fires two ballistic missiles into East Sea: JCS

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North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles into the East Sea, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) confirmed, according to Yonhap News.

The JCS had earlier announced that an unidentified projectile had been fired.

The Japanese Coast Guard also reported an object was fired, and that it may have been a ballistic missile.

Ballistic missile tests contravene UN resolutions designed to curb the North’s nuclear activities. South Korea and Japan gave no further details.

It comes just days after North Korea tested a long-range cruise missile capable of hitting much of Japan.

Experts say the cruise missile could possibly carry a nuclear warhead.

The UN Security Council does not forbid the test of cruise missiles.

But it considers ballistic missiles to be more threatening because they can carry bigger and more powerful payloads, have a much longer range, and can travel faster.

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