North Korea fires two more missiles amid ongoing tensions with the South

This is the North's fifth such test this year.

Updated: January 25, 2022 - 12:40pm

North Korea has fired two additional missiles, marking their fifth test of such weapons this year as regional tensions reach new heights.

The South Korean military says the missiles were fired into the sea on its east coast, though it did not mention the range or trajectory of the projectiles. 

This year, the North has already deployed tests of a tactical guided missile – two "hypersonic missiles" and a railway-borne missile system. The country is now warning that it may once again begin nuclear tests. 

Such missiles can carry a nuclear warhead.

Last week, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un declared that his country is looking to strengthen its military forces, while simultaneously warning that he has considered throwing away a ban on the testing of atomic bombs and long-range missiles that he once imposed.

North Korea has not deployed an intercontinental ballistic missile since 2017 – the United Nations Security Council expressly forbids it, though cruise missile launches are allowed.

South Korea is attempting to encourage diplomatic conversation rather than continuing to monitor tense missile testing activity. "While thoroughly preparing for additional tests, we'd like to emphasize again that dialogue and cooperation is the only way to peace," said Lee In-Young, the Unification Minister in Seoul. 

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