SEOUL — North Korea has fired a ballistic missile towards the sea off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korea’s army stated, a few week after the North vowed to develop its nuclear forces “at the fastest possible speed.”
The launch, which marks the North’s 14th main weapons check this 12 months, comes days earlier than South Korea’s newly elected President Yoon Suk-yeol takes workplace on Could 10.
South Korea’s army stated it detected the launch about midday in the Sunan space of Pyongyang. Sunan is the place North Korea final fired what it claimed to be Hwasong-17, a “new type” of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), on March 24.
Japan’s Coast Guard additionally stated that it had detected what seemed to be a ballistic missile fired from North Korea, and that the projectile had already landed.
Particulars of the projectile, together with its flight vary and altitude, weren’t instantly out there.
The most recent launch got here lower than three weeks after the North fired a brand new tactical guided weapon on April 16 aimed toward boosting the nation’s nuclear capabilities.
Pyongyang has just lately stepped up its weapons assessments, resuming long-range missile launches for first time since 2017 in March. Officers in Seoul and Washington say it could even be making ready for a brand new spherical of nuclear assessments.
Final week, North Korean chief Kim Jong Un pledged to hurry up the improvement of his nation’s nuclear arsenal whereas overseeing an enormous army parade as denuclearization talks with the United States stay stalled.
“Our military is maintaining readiness posture while closely monitoring related activities for possible additional launches,” the South Korean army stated in an announcement. — Reuters