Preliminary report indicates launch site near Sunchon NK
South Pyongan Do
Sunchon city is about 40 miles north of Pyongyang. The guess is that these two projectiles were launched from a mobile large sized army ballistic missile launcher. In terms of range that would make them short range ballistic missiles from a strategic standpoint, but long range battlefield weapons.
(Source- JTBC News Oct 31)
The South Korean JCS is reporting that the estimated range of the longest flight was 370 km and the altitude 90 km.
A South Korea expert on North Korea says launch, in part, a response to US B-52s in East Sea/Sea of Japan Oct 25, and also an indication of increasing North Korean dissatisfaction with US maximum pressure campaign and deadlocked talks characterized by US failure to undertake a new approach reflected in the earliest Singapore summit.
This was said by the former South Korea reunification minister Jeong Se-hyun in a tv interview on JTBC News South Korea.
There appears to have been a tacit understanding observed between the US and North Korea concerning the presence of strategic platforms in the region. Previously B-52s from Guam had been staying on the Pacific Ocean side of Japan or in the East China Sea.