Seoul: North Korea launches another missile into the sea

North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile on Thursday in a display of military might, just hours before the rulers of South Korea and Japan met in Tokyo for a summit expected to be overshadowed by nuclear threats from the North Korean government. .

The launch, the North’s first test of an ICBM in a month and its third weapons test in a week, came as South Korean and US forces continue to conduct joint military exercises that Pyongyang views as an invasion trial.

The South Korean military said the North Korean projectile flew into the sea off the eastern Korean peninsula after it was launched from Pyongyang at about 7:10 a.m. The statement noted that the South Korean military is maintaining its level of readiness in close coordination with the United States.

The Sunan neighborhood is home to Pyongyang’s international airport and has become a major test site, from which North Korea has launched most of its intercontinental ballistic missiles in recent years. All the projectiles have been launched at a high angle in order to prevent them from falling into neighboring countries.

Japan’s Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said the missile likely landed in waters outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone after flying for an hour. The site is about 250 kilometers (155 miles) from the western island of Oshimaoshima, which is near the site where other North Korean ICBMs have landed in test launches in recent months.

Thursday’s launch came hours before South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol left for Tokyo for a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, which is intended to improve frayed bilateral relations and ratify trilateral security cooperation with states. United to face threats from North Korea.

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After conducting a record number of missile tests last year, the North Korean government has expanded its activities this year, including the February 18 launch of its Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, which is designed to hit the continental United States. Joined. After that launch, Pyongyang said the aim of the test was to bolster its “fatal” nuclear strike capability against its rivals.

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