North Korea fires two ballistic missiles
Pentagon, Washington (CNN) North Korea launched two ballistic missiles on Thursday, a senior US official told CNN citing an intelligence assessment -- the second such launch in less than a week.
It is not known yet whether the missiles were short, medium or long range, such as an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The US military and intelligence community is still analyzing data from the test launch to determine what kind of missile was fired and how far it went.
The US tracks all North Korean weapons tests through radar and satellites, which are able to detect heat signatures of a missile launch almost immediately.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters North Korea had launched unidentified projectiles into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, adding it had stepped up surveillance and was "maintaining readiness in close cooperation with the US."