North Korea Fires Two Short-Range Missiles

South Korea sees firing as protest over failed Hanoi summit

Following up on North Korea’s firing of a number of short-range missiles on Saturday, North Korea fired two more such missiles on Thursday. South Korea reported that the two missiles flew 270 km and 420 km.

North Korean state media presented the previous firing as a test of North Korea’s “rapid reaction” ability. The South Korean President says he believes it is a protest against the failed Hanoi summit.

The summit failed in late February, and while both sides were at first trying to downplay that fact, it eventually transitioned to the US and North Korea blaming one another for the lack of progress.

The US responded to the new short-range missile tests with a round of tests of their own. The US tests are probably not of any particular significance beyond the administration wanting to prove that they aren’t being done.

Author: Jason Ditz

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