The Joint Chiefs of Staff announced that North Korea had launched an unidentified projectile into the East Sea on the 5th. The Joint Chiefs of Staff revealed this through a text message sent to reporters on the same day, but did not mention specifics. This launch is North Korea’s first armed demonstration in the New Year. Based on the test-fire of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from a submarine on October 19 last year, it is the first time in 78 days. Normally, military authorities search for ballistic missiles.