N Korea fires ballistic missile days after USS Korea drills

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  • Recently, the North also claimed to have performed major tests needed to acquire its first spy satellite and a more mobile intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.South Korea’s military detected the two missile launches from North Korea’s capital region at around 4:32 p.m. on Friday.
  • He said that missile might have showed an “irregular” trajectory, a possible reference to North Korea’s highly maneuverable, nuclear-capable KN-23 missile, which was modeled on Russia’s Iskander missile.South Korea’s military called the launches “a grave provocation” that hurts international peace.
  • Its state media also published low-resolution photos of South Korean cities as viewed from space.Some civilian experts in South Korea said the photos were too crude for surveillance purposes and that the launches were likely a cover for tests of North Korea’s missile technology.
  • Washington and Seoul have said their drills are defensive in nature, but North Korea calls them practice for an invasion.The latest U.S.-South Korean drills drew B-52 nuclear-capable bombers and F-22 stealth fighter jets from the United States and other advanced warplanes from South Korea.
  • Japan said it also confirmed at least one missile launch by North Korea.
  • The training was part of a bilateral agreement on boosting a U.S. commitment to defend its Asian ally with all available military capabilities, including nuclear, according to South Korea’s Defense Ministry.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) North Korea fired two shortrange ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters on Friday, South Koreas military said, its latest weapons demonstration that came days after U.S [+2412 chars]