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Graphic shows timeline of KN-23 test flights since the collapse of the Hanoi summit between Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump.


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July 31, 2019 - North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast, the second such launch in a week. The rockets, designated by NATO as KN-23s, resemble the Russian 9K723 Iskander-M.

The test flights follow launches on July 25, North Korea’s first missile tests since leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to revive stalled denuclearization talks at an impromptu meeting at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas on June 30.

According to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, a first missile was launched at 05:06 local time (20:06GMT Tuesday) and was followed by a second 21 minutes later.

Based on the flight profile of the latest launches the KN-23s are capable of aero-ballistic manoeuvres to increase their ability to evade missile defences.

The launches bring the number of suspected KN-23 test flights to seven since a summit between Trump and Kim in Hanoi collapsed on February 28.

PUBLISHED:02/08/2019; STORY: Graphic News