• Tue. Feb 27th, 2024

North Korea launches possible ballistic missile: Japan, South Korea

North Korea launches possible ballistic missile: Japan, South Korea

Missile fired into sea (Rep.)


Japan’s Defense Ministry announced on Monday that North Korea had launched a ballistic missile.

The projectile is believed to have landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, according to public broadcaster NHK, citing government officials.

The South Korean military also said Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of ​​Japan, Kyodo news agency reported.

Pyongyang conducts regular weapons tests, and the incident came shortly after leader Kim Jong Un personally oversaw the launch of the country’s newest intercontinental ballistic missile, the solid-fuel Hwasong-18.

Relations between the two Koreas are currently at historic lows as diplomacy between Pyongyang and Seoul has stalled and Kim has called for speeding up weapons development, including strategic nuclear weapons.

In response, Seoul and Washington conducted joint military exercises involving advanced stealth jets and US strategic assets.

The launch comes ahead of celebrations in North Korea this week marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

A Chinese delegation will travel to North India in the first visit by a foreign delegation since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported.

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