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(2nd LD) N. Korea's projectiles appear to be new SRBMs: Cheong Wa Dae

Defense 10:58 August 02, 2019

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with initial analysis results; CHANGES headline; ADDS photo, byline)
By Lee Chi-dong

SEOUL, Aug. 2 (Yonhap) -- North Korea fired what appear to be new-type short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) early Friday morning, Cheong Wa Dae said after an emergency meeting at an underground bunker in Seoul.

Chung Eui-yong, head of the national security office, presided over the session, attended by Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo and National Intelligence Service Director Suh Hoon, at the crisis management center inside the presidential compound.

It came hours after the North shot a couple of projectiles from a northeastern region into the East Sea in its third round of launches in a week.

On the basis of an initial analysis, the authorities of South Korea and the United States believe that the projectiles were new SRBMs, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson Ko Min-jung.

Chung Eui-yong (3rd from L), head of the presidential national security office, presides over a meeting of top security officials at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Aug. 2, 2019, following North Korea's launch of two projectiles, in this photo provided by Cheong Wa Dae. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The allies noted that the projectiles had the similar characteristics of flight with those fired on Wednesday, which North Korea described as newly-developed "large-caliber rockets."

Thus, Seoul and Washington will continue working to confirm relevant details, Ko added.

In the Cheong Wa Dae session the top security officials again urged Pyongyang to halt such acts, which officials say are not helpful to efforts to ease military tensions on the peninsula.

Pyongyang is seen as trying to show off its firepower in response to a plan by South Korea and the United States to kick off a joint military drill next week.


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