Kim Jong Un oversaw North Korea’s latest missile launch

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(Reuters) – North Korea launched multiple projectiles into the sea yesterday as part of firing drills, according to South Korea’s military, drawing U.S. and Chinese appeals for Pyongyang to return to talks on ending its nuclear and missile programs.

Today, North Korea state media reported that Kim Jong Un personally oversaw the “firepower strike drill”, including the launch of what appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles for the second time in a week.

Kim was joined by the commanders of the Korean People’s Army and expressed “great satisfaction with the result,” North Korean state news agency KCNA reported.

Photos released by KCNA showed troops firing a number of artillery guns, as well as missiles from a multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS) with four launching tubes. The missiles flew up to 200 km (124 miles) and reached 50 km in altitude, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

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