North and South Korea Both Launch Ballistic Missile Tests Within Hours of Each Other

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North and South Korea Both Launch Ballistic Missile Tests Within Hours of Each Other
Photos provided by the North Korean government on Sept. 13, 2021, show long-range cruise missiles tests held on Sept. 11 -12, 2021 in an undisclosed location of North Korea.
Photos provided by the North Korean government on Sept. 13, 2021, show long-range cruise missiles tests held on Sept. 11 -12, 2021 in an undisclosed location of North Korea.
Photo: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP (AP)

North Korea and South Korea both tested ballistic missiles overnight, Eastern time, within just hours of each other. And while North Korea’s test is likely to get the most attention in western media on Wednesday, South Korea’s test was arguably the most notable for being conducted from a submarine, an incredibly difficult feat that only six other countries have pulled off successfully.

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North Korea fired two ballistic missiles off its east coast in tests that occurred shortly after 11:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday (12:30 p.m. Wednesday in North Korea). The type of missiles have yet to be identified, according to the Korea Herald. The test was North Korea’s second this week, with a long range cruise missile test occurring over the weekend.

South Korea’s missile test was carried out just a few hours after North Korea’s test on Wednesday and was notable for its advanced technology. The test involved a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) and South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, was even on hand to witness the test, according to Yonhap News Agency.

President Moon was on board a new Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine when the missile test was conducted at the ADD Anheung Test Center in South Chungcheong Province, according to the South Korean government. And it’s being heralded by the country as a new way to deter North Korea militarily during the New Cold War.

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