North Korea fires two ballistic missiles

People watch a television showing breaking news of a missile launch at station in Seoul, South Korea. – EPA pic, September 15, 2021.

NORTH Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the sea today, according to the South’s military, as China’s foreign minister visited Seoul – Pyongyang’s second launch in less than a week.

Analysts said the timing was an unmistakable signal to Beijing, the nuclear-armed North’s key diplomatic ally and main partner for trade and aid – although at times their relationship has been deeply strained.

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