North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile: Japan | Weapons News


Launch would be first this year after leader Kim Jong Un promised to continue developing the country’s military capabilities.

North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile off its east coast on Wednesday, authorities in Japan said, while South Korea said the country had launched an unidentified projectile.

The launch would be the first of the new year for nuclear-armed North Korea, and comes days after leader Kim Jong Un promised to continue developing the military to counter an unstable international situation.

Japan’s coast guard, which first reported the launch, said it could be a ballistic missile but did not provide further details.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said North Korea fired an unidentified projectile off the east coast, without elaborating.

Pyongyang carried out a series of missile launches last year, and in October said it tested a “new type” of submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). It was the first test of an SLBM since 2019.

The country is banned from carrying out ballistic missile tests under United Nations sanctions.





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