North Korea launches ballistic missile, say Japan and South Korea – KION546

By Brad Lendon and Gawon Bae, CNN

North Korea fired a ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Wednesday, Japan and South Korea reported.

The missile was launched from Sunan, an area of ​​the North Korean capital Pyongyang, according to South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Meanwhile, Japanese Deputy Defense Minister Makoto Oniki said the missile would have flown at a maximum altitude of around 800 kilometers for a distance of around 500 kilometers before falling into the sea outside the exclusive economic zone of Japan.

The launch is North Korea’s first since a military parade late April 25, during which leader Kim Jong Un pledged to accelerate its development of nuclear weapons.

Among the weapons on display at the parade in Pyongyang were a Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), several giant rocket launchers and a ballistic missile launched by a submarine.

“True peace can be trusted, and national dignity and national sovereignty can be guaranteed by the strong self-defense force that can defeat the enemy,” Kim said in a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency. (KCNA) after the parade. .

He said his nuclear force’s primary mission was to “deter war”, but if anyone tried to “spoil the fundamental interests of our country, our nuclear force will have no choice but to carry out his second assignment. He did not specify what this second mission would be.

Wednesday’s test is the 13th of the year for North Korea, including one on March 16 that is presumed to have failed.

By comparison, he only performed four tests in 2020 and eight in 2021.

Among the tests this year was the March 24 launch of an ICBM, the first North Korean test of the weapon in more than four years.

This is a developing story.

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CNN’s Junko Ogura contributed to this report.

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