The South Korean and U.S. militaries were analyzing details of the launches. “Our military, in preparation for additional launches, is maintaining (its) readiness posture by monitoring related movements,” an official in the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Experts said the projectiles could be KN-23s, the same kind that North Korea had fired in May. Wednesday’s launch may have been North Korea’s response to the July 20 announcement that the US and South Korea will conduct joint military exercises as planned.
North Korea’s submarine
The launches were the first since Kim and President Trump met last month at the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea and agreed to resume nuclear negotiations. North Korea already said last week it may lift its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests to protest the expected military drills between the United States and South Korea. On Tuesday, Kim and leaders of the country’s missile program inspected a large, newly-built submarine.