North Korea Removes Missiles from Launchers

Two Musudan missiles withdrawn from launch site and moved to a storage facility, U.S. officials say.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un
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In a sudden de-escalation of tension on the Korean Peninsula, Pyongyang has removed two of its ballistic missile units from their launching positions, U.S. officials confirmed. The news was reported by the RT news agency Tuesday.

Two Musudan missiles, capable of hitting targets 2,500 miles away, were withdrawn from a launch site in the eastern part of the country and moved to a storage facility, several U.S. officials who chose to remain anonymous told the media.

The U.S. has confirmed that the weapons have now been relocated, a defense official told AFP.

Seoul and Washington had just kicked off, on Monday, a five-day anti-submarine drill in the Yellow Sea with the presence of nuclear-powered forces, military officials told Yonhap news agency.

The US mobilized a nuclear-powered Los Angeles-class submarine, Aegis destroyers and maritime surveillance aircrafts, which joined South Korean destroyers, submarines and maritime aircrafts. A 7,000-ton Nimitz-class nuclear powered super carrier is expected to join the training.