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North Korea fires probable ballistic missile

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North Korea fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile on Sunday, according to Japan’s coast guard, in what would be the first test since the nuclear-armed country conducted a record number of launches in January.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea also reported that North Korea had fired at least one “unidentified projectile” eastward, without going into further detail.

TOKYO/SEOUL – North Korea has fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile, the Japanese government said Sunday.

The South Korean military said a projectile was fired toward the Sea of Japan.

According to Reuters, this would be the first test since the nuclear-armed country conducted a record number of launches in January.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff also reported that North Korea had fired at least one “unidentified projectile” eastward, without elaborating.

The launch on Sunday came less than two weeks before South Korea’s pivotal presidential election on March 9, amid fears that North Korea may press ahead with missile development while international attention is focused on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Yoon Suk-Yeol, the leading conservative candidate, warned last week that North Korea may see the Ukraine crisis as an opportunity to launch its own provocation.

North Korea’s most recent test occurred on January 30, when it launched a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile, the largest weapon launched since 2017. This was the culmination of a record month of mostly short-range missile launches in January.

In the midst of stalled denuclearization talks with the US, North Korea has suggested that it may resume testing of longer-range missiles or even nuclear weapons.

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