Military: N. Korea Projectiles Likely to be Short-range Ballistic Missiles

Write : 2017-08-28 15:45:20 Update : 2017-08-28 17:17:25

Military: N. Korea Projectiles Likely to be Short-range Ballistic Missiles

Military authorities say there is a strong possibility that the projectiles North Korea test-fired on Saturday were short-range ballistic missiles.
 
A military official said Monday that South Korea’s military had initially assessed that the North Korean projectiles were fired from a 300mm multiple rocket launcher or were unidentified short-range projectiles. The military based its tentative appraisal on the projectile’s maximum altitude, flight and launch angle.

The official said that following a joint examination with the U.S., it is most likely that the North test-fired short-range ballistic missiles. The official added that further analysis is required to determine the type and specifications of the missiles.
 
The North fired three projectiles from Gangwon Province on Saturday morning. Two of the projectiles traveled some 250 kilometers while one exploded shortly after being launched.
 
The military’s latest assessment appears to have adjusted an evaluation that the presidential office had earlier issued.
 
Shortly after the North fired the projectiles, presidential press secretary Yoon Young-chan said the government believed the projectiles were fired from a 300mm multiple rocket launcher. He was quick to add, however, that military authorities were thoroughly analyzing the characteristics and capacity of the projectiles.
 
The U.S. Pacific Command, meanwhile, had concluded that the North launched three short-range ballistic missiles.

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