South Korea successfully fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile, Wednesday, September 15, hours after North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the sea.
READ MORE: North Korea test-fired two short-range ballistic missiles Wednesday, its second launch in less than a week and latest apparent attempt to increase diplomatic pressure on the United States.
South Korea’s military, which monitors such launches, says the North Korean missiles traveled about 800 kilometers, reaching an altitude of 60 kilometers, before splashing into the sea off North Korea’s east coast.
Japan’s defense ministry said the projectiles did not enter Japanese territory and fell outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
In a statement, the U.S. military’s Indo-Pacific Command said the launch “highlights the destabilizing impact” of North Korea’s illicit weapons program.