North Korea fires two cruise missiles from west coast town of Onchon
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North Korea fired two cruise missiles from the west coast city of Onchon on the morning of August 17.
IMPORTANT FACTS -
- The launch comes as South Korea and the United States begin a four-day preliminary joint exercise in preparation for the long-suspended live field training Ulchi Freedom Shield, which takes place from August 22 to September 1.
South Korean President Yoon Sek-yol said that his country is ready to provide phased economic aid to North Korea if it ends the development of nuclear weapons and begins denuclearization.
Unlike ballistic missiles, cruise missiles are powered by jet engines and remain close to the ground, making them difficult to detect.
Most cruise missiles are not designed to carry nuclear warheads.
Recent missile launches by North Korea :
North Korea has recently conducted a flurry of missile tests, making its 18th launch on August 17 this year.
North Korea only has four tests in 2020, and eight in 2021.
The last missile launch was on June 5 with eight short-range ballistic missiles – which were responded to by South Korea and the US firing eight more missiles into the waters off the eastern coast of the Korean peninsula.
About North Korea :
Capital - Pyongyang
Official Language - Korean
President - Kim Jong-un
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