Illustration photo – In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile with a young woman who appears to be his daughter at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang on March 16, 2023.
Seoul – North Korea today launched another ballistic missile over the Sea of Japan. The Jonhap and Reuters agencies report this with reference to the South Korean army, according to which this time it was a short-range missile. The communist country has repeatedly tested missiles in recent weeks. On Thursday, it even launched an intercontinental ballistic missile.
According to the South Korean army, Pyongyang launched the missile at 11:05 local time (3:05 CET). It rose to a height of 50 kilometers and flew about 800 kilometers before falling into the sea that lies between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.
Seoul called the missile test a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions, Tokyo expressed a strong protest.
North Korea said this week that the missile launch is “a response to threats to North Korean security”. The country considers the joint American-South Korean exercise to be the cause, which it believes can escalate the situation to an “unpredictable crisis”. DPRK, began Monday night and will last until March 23.
Last year, North Korea launched a record number of more than 70 missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US mainland. American and South Korean officials have therefore warned that the communist country may be preparing for its first nuclear test since 2017.