N. Korea's projectiles appear to be new SRBMs: Blue House

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N. Korea's projectiles appear to be new SRBMs: Blue House

North Korea fired what appear to be new-type short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) early Friday morning, the Blue House said after an emergency meeting at an underground bunker in Seoul.

Chung Eui-yong, head of the national security office, presided over the session, attended by Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo and National Intelligence Service Director Suh Hoon, at the crisis management center inside the presidential compound.

It came hours after the North shot a couple of projectiles from a northeastern region into the East Sea in its third round of launches in a week.

On the basis of an initial analysis, the authorities of South Korea and the United States believe that the projectiles were new SRBMs, according to Blue House spokesperson Ko Min-jung.

The allies noted that the projectiles had the similar characteristics of flight with those fired on Wednesday, which North Korea described as newly-developed "large-caliber rockets."

Thus, Seoul and Washington will continue working to confirm relevant details, Ko added.

In the Blue House session the top security officials again urged Pyongyang to halt such acts, which officials say are not helpful to efforts to ease military tensions on the peninsula.

Pyongyang is seen as trying to show off its firepower in response to a plan by South Korea and the United States to kick off a joint military drill next week.

Yonhap

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