Analysis by Tom Cheshire, Asia correspondent
Not long ago, you couldn’t go a week without a North Korean missile launch. But the country has been quieter for a while, perhaps while it dealt with COVID or challenging economic conditions.
Normal service has been very much resumed, though. And, just like buses, after a long wait two launches have come at once.
Over the weekend, the regime announced it had successfully tested a long range cruise missile, one it described as a “strategic weapon of great significance” – code for potentially nuclear capable.
That may or may not be the case and US and South Korean intelligence will be looking closely.
There’s no doubt about today’s launch of two ballistic missiles. Unlike the cruise missile, which was first made public by North Korean state media, both Japanese and South Korean officials reported this launch.
That indicates these were bigger missiles they were able to…