Wednesday 05 January 2022
The Japanese government said North Korea launched what appears to be a ballistic missile, the official Kyodo News Agency reported early Wednesday.
Kyodo noted that North Korea tested a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile in October, “which has raised concerns about the technological progress of this nuclear-armed country in the field of hard-to-intercept weapons.”
Meanwhile, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff announced that its northern neighbor had fired an “unidentified projectile” toward the East Sea.
“This is the first time that North Korea has shown force this year,” South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.
“Today’s launch may be part of North Korea’s winter exercises, which it began early last month,” Yonhap quoted observers as saying.
They added that the North’s latest launch may increase military tensions on the Korean peninsula.