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North Korea today launched a test projectile into the Sea of Japan (called the East Sea in the two Koreas) that the South Korean Army considers, a ballistic missile.
The southern Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) reported at first that the North launched an “unidentified projectile” and minutes later sent a statement stating that “North Korea launched a projectile believed to be a ballistic missile from inside the country in the direction of the East Sea. at 8.10 (23.10 GMT on Tuesday) today ”.
The text adds that the southern army is closely monitoring the situation in cooperation with US forces; the Japanese government has also indicated that it believes that what Pyongyang launched today is a ballistic missile.
United Nations Security Council resolutions passed since 2006 sanction the development and use of ballistic missile technology by the North Korean regime.
It is the first projectile that North Korea fires, which technically remains at war with the South since the conflict between them in 1950 and 1953 was only sealed with a ceasefire, since it launched a submarine ballistic missile (SLBM) in October last year.
At the same time, North Korea testing a missile in January is unusual, since at that time the North Korean People’s Army is conducting winter exercises.
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