North Korea has launched three short-range projectiles into the East Sea from the Hodo Peninsula, South Korean broadcaster YTN has announced.
YTN News also described the projectiles as having a range of 190km, qualifying them as short range missiles.
The launches come one day after the anniversary of the start of the Korean war, 64 years ago and Dr. Lenoid Petrov a North Korea researcher at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra believes the missile launch is related.
“After the yesterday’s mass rally in central Pyongyang, where American imperialism and Japanese militarism were blamed for starting the war in Korea exactly 64 years ago, North Korea set off its own kind of fireworks,” Petrov said.
“The direction of the launches is also symbolic as both the US and Japan lie east of the Korean peninsula: though not precisely targeting them the Korean Peoples’ Army spit the righteous fire towards its sworn enemies,” Petrov added.
North Korea last launched missiles on March 26, when it fired two medium range Rodong-type missiles off its East Coast.
Pyongyang has been test-launching short range rockets and Scud missiles from its east coast since 2004, and other launches were detected in 2005, 2006 and 2007, 2009, 2013 and 2014.
These launches have not, however, been typically related to North Korea’s long-range space exploration program.
June 26 is also a significant day in inter-Korean affairs as it marks the 65th anniversary of the assassination of the Kim Gu, a unification proponent and leader of the Korean Independence Movement against Japanese occupation. Private organizations from North and South Korea released a joint statement Thursday commemorating his death.
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Additional reporting from Hong Won Choi London