North Korea Launches Missiles

On August 5, North Korea test fired two projectiles from Kwail County on the country’s west coast. According to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), the missiles flew 450 km and reached an altitude of 37 km before landing in the Sea of Japan. The JCS further stated that the missiles bore “similar flight features” to the KN-23, a short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) North Korea last tested on July 25. In a statement, the North Korean Foreign Ministry expressed dissatisfaction with joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises, warning it would be “compelled to seek a new road” without further diplomatic concessions.