North Korea launched what were presumed to be cruise missiles from the ground on Tuesday, followed later that day by air-to-surface missiles fired from fighter jets.
The short-range devices landed in the water off North Korea’s east coast, never posing a direct threat to the U.S. mainland. If the report from South Korea military leaders is confirmed, it would signify the North’s first cruise missile launch in nearly three years.
The country rarely launches cruise missiles, but it has conducted a series of other weapons tests in recent weeks amid a standoff in nuclear talks with Washington and external speculation about a possible coronavirus outbreak. Firing a missile capable of reaching America, however, would violate North Korea’s self-imposed freeze on major weapons tests and likely destroy nuclear diplomacy with the United States.
source: Associated Press