Seoul, South Korea

North Korea fired at least three short-range ballistic missiles from a site south of Pyongyang on Saturday, according to South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, the latest in an unprecedented year of testing. weapons.

In a text to reporters, the joint chiefs said the projectiles were fired from the Chunghwa area of ​​North Hwanghae province at around 8 a.m. local time on Saturday.

Japanese authorities said at least two suspected ballistic missiles fell in waters off the east coast of the Korean peninsula.

It’s the 37th day this year that North Korea has launched a missile, according to CNN’s tally.

Last week it fired two short-range ballistic missiles, according to South Korean officials.

In 2020, North Korea conducted four missile tests. In 2021, it doubled that number. In 2022, the isolated nation fired more missiles than any other year on record, at one point launching 23 missiles in a single day.

North Korea has fired more than 90 cruise and ballistic missiles so far this year, showing a range of weapons as experts warn of a potential nuclear test on the horizon.

While the tests themselves aren’t new, their very frequency marks a significant escalation that has the Pacific region on edge.

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