North Korea Fires Short Range Missiles, Call Off Musudan Test
North Korea on Saturday, May 18, launched three short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan, apparently as part of a military drill, South Korea’s defense ministry said. The tests were conducted in two sessions, two missiles were fired during the morning and one in the afternoon. A fourth missile was launched on Sunday. All missiles landed in the East Sea. Defense-Update reports.
The missiles fired Saturday are thought to be modified anti-ship missile or the KN-02 surface-to-surface missile derived from the Soviet era SS-21 that has a range of about 120 km, sources in Seoul reported.
US and South Korean officials had been worried that any test of the medium-range missiles would trigger a fresh surge in tensions, which escalated after the North carried out a nuclear test in February. Seoul refrained from launching its Musudan missiles, maintaining its missiles on their launch positions for weeks. U.S. sources reported that Pyongyang has apparently called off the missiles recently.