North Korea launches missiles as US, South Korea kick off major drills

NORTH Korea said today it had test-fired two strategic cruise missiles from a submarine, as South Korea and the United States kicked off their largest joint military exercises in five years.

Nuclear-armed Pyongyang said the test verified its “nuclear war deterrence means in different spaces” as it slammed the drills – known as Freedom Shield – which will run for 10 days from today as part of the allies’ drive to counter North Korea’s growing threats.