Tokyo, Seoul announce North Korean missile launch in Sea of Japan
According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea, we can talk about a ballistic missile fired from a submarine. The range and altitude of the projectile are being specified. This is the 15th DPRK rocket launch since the beginning of the year
North Korea has launched a new launch of what is believed to be a ballistic missile, Kyodo reports, citing a Japanese government statement.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea also announced a possible launch of another projectile. The projectile flew in the direction of the Sea of Japan. The range and altitude of the projectile are being specified. This could be a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).
Reuters, citing the South Korean military, clarified that the projectile was launched around 05:07 GMT (08:07 Moscow time), we are talking about a small ballistic missile range. The test allegedly involved a North Korean Sinpo-class submarine.
According to Yonhap, this is the 15th launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea since the beginning of the year. The last time Seoul reported on the launch of an unidentified projectile by the DPRK on May 4. Prior to this, in March 2022, the North Korean authorities themselves announced the successful testing of the new Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile under the personal leadership of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Pyongyang then reported that it had successfully tested a “new tactical guided weapon.” In South Korea, they believe that we are talking about modernized KN-23 missiles, modeled after the missiles of the Russian Iskander complex.
North Korea conducted another missile launch three days before the inauguration of South Korean President-elect Yun Seok-yeol.
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At the end of March, Kim Jong-un said that only impressive offensive weapons can ensure the country's proper security, and promised not to stop developing more powerful weapons. North Korea admitted that it could use nuclear weapons if Seoul resorted to aggression. However, the North Korean authorities emphasized that they did not perceive South Korea as an enemy state and did not want war with it.
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