Ballistic missile launch first since March 2020

North Korea launched two ballistic missiles on Thursday. It is the first time since March 29 of last year that the North has been confirmed to have launched ballistic missiles.

Japan's Defense Ministry says the last launch involved two short-range ballistic missiles fired from Wonsan on North Korea's eastern coast facing the Sea of Japan.

Those missiles were believed to have flown about 250 kilometers before falling into waters off North Korea's east coast.

North Korea fired a total of 25 projectiles on 13 occasions in 2019. Last year, it was confirmed to have fired eight projectiles on four occasions in March alone.