Hours before South Korea and the United States began their joint military exercises, dubbed "Freedom Shield 23," North Korea launched two strategic cruise missiles from a submarine.
According to Pyongyang Times, "An underwater launching drill of strategic cruise missiles was staged at dawn of March 12."
The term strategic is typically reserved for weapons that have nuclear capability.
The North Korean drill to launch the missiles, "expressed the invariable stand of the Korean People's Army on persistently controlling the present situation in which the US imperialists and the south Korean puppet forces are getting ever more undisguised in their anti-DPRK military maneuvers by dint of overwhelmingly powerful forces and verified the current operation posture of the nuclear war deterrence means in different space"
South Korean Joint Chief of Staff said the military was on high alert and the country's intelligence agency was working with its U.S. counterpart to analyze the specifics of the launch. However, they also claimed without giving further details, that not everything North Korea claims is true.
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