North Korea Fires Cruise Missiles as Tensions with South Continue to Rise

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North Korea has now reportedly fired two cruise missiles into the Yellow Sea only hours before the President of the South offered economic incentives for North Korea to curtail its nuclear weapons programs.

As Stripes.com reports:

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — North Korea fired two cruise missiles toward the Yellow Sea on Wednesday, hours before South Korea’s president again publicly offered economic incentives if the communist regime curtails its nuclear weapons program.

The missiles were launched around dawn from South Pyongan province toward the west coast, the South Korean Ministry of Defense said in a statement to reporters. South Korean and U.S. intelligence agencies were analyzing the launches, the ministry said.

The U.N. Security Council prohibits North Korea from launching ballistic missiles. Cruise missiles, however, are not banned.

Around 10 a.m., South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol delivered a speech marking his 100th day in office. He spoke an hour after a meeting of the country’s senior security officials.

A State Department spokesman later remarked that the U.S. strongly supports the South’s efforts to reach out to the North diplomatically.


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