Both North and South Korea fire ballistic missiles as tensions rise on peninsula
Seoul, South Korea (CNN) Both North and South Korea tested ballistic missiles on Wednesday, ratcheting up tensions exponentially in what was already one of the most volatile regions on the planet.
In May, Moon and US President Joe Biden agreed to end a 40-year-old bilateral agreement that limited the range and payload of South Korean missiles.
With the launch, South Korea becomes the seventh military in the world to successfully test and SLBM, the ministry said.
The other SLBM nations are also nuclear powers, but South Korea does not have nuclear weapons.
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South Korea said the missiles covered a distance of about 800 kilometers (500 miles) while going as high as 60 kilometers (37 miles).
Pyongyang is barred from testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons under international law.
Ballistic missiles by comparison are powered only for a short portion of their flight.
The North Korean military unveiled two new missiles at parades last October and in January.
North Korea leader Kim Jong Un (center) attends a parade held to mark the 73rd anniversary of the republic in Pyongyang.
This undated image was supplied by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on September 9.
The statement called the new hypersonic much faster than missiles now in South Korea's inventory and said it will soon be deployed with South Korean military units.