North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles, a senior U.S. official said

It is not yet known whether those missiles were short, medium or long range, or whether they were intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). U.S. The military and intelligence community are still analyzing data from test launches to determine what type of missile has been fired and how far it has gone.

U.S. All of North Korea’s weapons tests are monitored by radar and satellites, which will be able to detect the missile signature of the missile launch almost immediately.

Earlier in the day, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters that North Korea had launched unexploded ordnance towards the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that South Korea’s military With close co-operation to maintain its oversight and readiness.

According to the Japanese Ministry of Defense, the projectile is likely to have landed outside Japanese territory and its exclusive economic zone. Japan’s Coast Guard has warned of a search for ships that sank under cloth.

Another test in less than a week

Last week, North Korea conducted its first weapons test since U.S. President George W. Biden took office, with three U.S. officials launching two launches claiming senior administration officials were falling “at the bottom of the spectrum.”

Officials and experts expected North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to send a message to the Biden administration about the country’s importance in the region.

North Korea broke the silence to warn the US against 'smelling'

In that test, a U.S. official told CNN that North Korea made short-range launches, not ballistic missiles, possibly artillery or cruise missiles – the main difference being that it did not undermine the Biden administration’s opinion that it would not commit serious violations. . Diplomacy with Pyongyang

But in a statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 16, U.S. Air Force Gen. Glenn Weinhark warned that the isolation regime could move forward.

Pyongyang has “indicated that it is no longer bound by the unilateral nuclear and ICBM test morto announced in 2018, suggesting that Kim Jong Un may begin testing an improved flight of ICBM design in the near future.”

This story is evolving and will be updated.

Contributed by CNN’s Jack Kwon and Junko Ogura.