People watch a TV screen showing a news program reporting about North Korea’s missiles with file image, in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021

North and South Korea conducted ballistic missile tests hours apart on Wednesday.
North Korea tested what the South Korean military identified as short-range ballistic missiles.
South Korea tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile.

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Both North and South Korea conducted ballistic missile tests within hours of one another on Wednesday, raising tensions on the Korean peninsula.

North Korea launched what the South Korean military identified as two short-range ballistic missiles just after noon (local time), NK News reported, citing the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff. The missiles flew about 500 miles and landed in the East Sea.

The ballistic missile test comes on the heels of another test conducted over the weekend involving long-range cruise missiles, what North Korean state media calls a “strategic weapon” and claimed flew 930 miles, giving it the ability to range targets throughout Japan.

North Korea’s Academy of Defense Science said the cruise missiles are “another effective deterrence means for more reliably guaranteeing the security of our state and strongly containing the military maneuvers of the hostile forces against the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea],” CNN reported.

North Korea has not yet commented publicly on its latest ballistic missile test.

Though the US military said the missiles posed no “immediate threat” to the US or its allies, it noted that North Korea’s activities “highlights the destabilizing impact of the DPRK’s illicit weapons program.” A US State Department spokesperson told Reuters that the US condemns the ballistic missile test, which violated UN Security Council resolutions.

In this image taken from video provided by the South Korea Defense Ministry, South Korea’s first underwater-launched ballistic missile is test-fired from …read more

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