North Korea fires ballistic missile into Sea of ​​Japan

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile was fired at 2:07 p.m. local time from the Sinpo area on North Korea’s east coast.

The Japanese Coast Guard confirmed that the projectile fell into the Sea of ​​Japan, also known as the East Sea, at 2:25 p.m. local time.

South Korean and U.S. intelligence officials are analyzing the launch and the South Korean military is maintaining a state of readiness, the joint chiefs said.

Saturday’s launch comes just days after another ballistic missile test by North Korea on Wednesday.

North Korea has stepped up its missile testing program this year.

Saturday’s projectile marks the country’s 14th missile launch in 2022 so far, including one that is believed to have failed in mid-March.

By comparison, he only conducted four tests in 2020 and eight in 2021.

At a military parade on April 25, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to accelerate his development of nuclear weapons to “the highest possible speed”. insight into its ambitions for its weapons program – in particular efforts to develop solid-fuel missiles that would be easier to hide from foreign spy agencies.


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