North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile
North Korea has fired a suspected ballistic missile, less than a week after it launched what it claimed was a hypersonic missile.
South Korea said it detected the launch at 07:27am local time on Tuesday.
Japan’s coast guard also reported the launch, saying North Korea had fired a “ballistic missile-like object”.
It comes shortly after the US mission to the United Nations, joined by France, the Irish Republic, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Albania issued a statement urging the North to cease its “destabilizing actions”.
“Our military detected a suspected ballistic missile fired by North Korea from land towards the East Sea,” South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff (JCS) said, adding that intelligence authorities from South Korea and the US were in the process of conducting a detailed analysis.
The latest launch underscores North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s pledge to bolster the country’s defenses as part of its policy priorities for 2022, which were outlined during a key meeting in December.
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