TOKYO, March 29 (KUNA) -- North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles toward the East Sea (Sea of Japan) on Sunday, South Korea's military said, according to Yonhap News Agency.
Both were fired northeastward from the eastern coastal city of Wonsan at 6:10 a.m. (2110 Saturday GMT) and flew around 230 km at a maximum altitude of around 30 km, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said, adding that South Korean and US intelligence authorities are analyzing other specifics.
"In a situation where the entire world is experiencing difficulties due to COVID-19, this kind of military act by North Korea is very inappropriate and we call for an immediate halt," the JCS said. The military is closely monitoring the situation while maintaining a readiness posture, it added.
The last such test came on March 21, when the North fired two short-range ballistic missiles believed to be its version of the US' Army Tactical Missile System from a western area.
In his New Year's Day message, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un warned he will show off a "new strategic weapon" in the near future, which experts said may mean an advanced type of its intercontinental ballistic missile or a submarine-launched ballistic missile. (end)