North Korea test fired two more ballistic missiles Thursday just hours after U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris toured the South’s heavily fortified border with its nuclear-armed neighbor — part of a trip aimed at strengthening the security alliance with Seoul and reassuring the ally of America’s commitment to regional security.
South Korea’s military said it had detected two short-range ballistic missiles launched Thursday evening by North Korea into the East Sea.
“While our military has strengthened surveillance and vigilance, it is maintaining a fully prepared posture while closely cooperating between the ROK [South Korea] and the U.S.,” the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
The latest missile tests came after North Korea launched two banned ballistic missiles Wednesday, on the eve of Harris’s arrival. The launches are a continuation of a record-breaking streak of weapons tests this year by the North.
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