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North Korea Fires Missiles Ahead of Kamala Harris DMZ Visit

  • Barrage is second launched this week by Kim Jong Un’s regime
  • Kim Jong Un may be looking at first nuclear test since 2017
A news broadcast of a North Korean missile test, in Seoul on Sept. 28.

A news broadcast of a North Korean missile test, in Seoul on Sept. 28.

Photographer: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

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North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into waters off its east coast, ramping up tensions a day before US Vice President Kamala Harris is set to visit the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas. 

The launches took place from the Sunan area near Pyongyang’s international airport at around 6:10 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. respectively Wednesday, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. “The ROK and the US are closely cooperating and maintaining our fully prepared posture,” it added, referring to South Korea by its formal name.