N.K.’s new type of shortrange missiles won’t affect allies’ defense posture: CFC

SEOUL, The new type of shortrange missiles North Korea recently tested were not a threat aimed at South Korea or the United States, and they do not affect their joint defense posture, the Combined Forces Command (CFC) said Friday.

On Thursday, North Korea fired two shortrange missiles into the East Sea from near the eastern coastal town of Wonsan, which flew 430 kilometers and 690 km, respectively.

The presidential National Security Council (NSC) tentatively concluded that they were "a new kind of shortrange ballistic missile."

"We assess this as a test of a new type of missile for the DPRK," the CFC said in a release, noting that it is "aware of" the launch.

DPRK stands for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"These two shortrange ballistic missiles were not a threat directed at the Republic of Korea or the U.S., and have no impact on our defense posture," it added.

On Friday, North Korea confirmed that it has testfired a "new tactical guided weapon" under the guidance of its leader Kim Jongun, saying that it was aimed at sending a "solemn warning" to South Korea against its introduction of offensive weapons and a push for joint military exercises with the U.S.

Source: Yonhap news Agency

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