North Korea Tests Guided Weapon Systems

Screenshot via North Korean propaganda film

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — North Korea reportedly tested two more missiles on Saturday, a day after the 110th birthday of the regime’s founder, and on Sunday denounced upcoming military drills by the U.S. and South Korea.

North Korea fired two projectiles towards the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, around 6 p.m. Saturday, according to a text message to reporters the next day from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.

South Korean and U.S. intelligence agencies are still analyzing the launches, whose projectiles flew 68 miles at an estimated altitude of 15.5 miles, according to the Joint Chiefs. The projectiles are estimated to have reached a maximum speed of Mach 4, or four times the speed of sound.

The initial estimates peg the projectiles as more limited in range than a launch March 24 of an intercontinental ballistic missile that was theoretically capable of reaching the U.S. mainland. North Korea has conducted at least 11 other rounds of missile tests so far this year.

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