South Korea says North Korea fired ballistic missile toward the Sea of ​​Japan

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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South Korea's military said Friday that North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward the sea from its east coast.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff did not immediately provide details, Yonhap news agency reported.

This development has come at a time when Russian President Vladimir Putin is visiting the Chinese city of Harbin as part of his two-day state visit to China.

Yonhap said the launch came after 600 mm super-large shells, believed to be short-range ballistic missiles, were fired from the north towards the East Sea on April 22.

Pyongyang has been conducting a series of cruise missile tests since late January.

Meanwhile, Kim Yo-jong, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, said today that North Korea's strategic weapons, including multiple rocket launchers and missiles, are aimed at preventing South Korea from engaging in “any passive thinking.” . , An apparent reference to South Korea-US joint military exercises.

In April this year, North Korea reportedly conducted a tactical exercise simulating a nuclear retaliatory strike, involving super-large multiple rocket launchers.

Yonhap quoted the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) as saying that leader Kim Jong-un guided the drill to operate super-large multiple rocket units, which “will help strengthen the quick counterattack capability of the state nuclear force.” Will do.” Will play an important role”. ,

The missile launch coincided with a two-week joint annual air exercise between South Korea and the United States aimed at increasing preparedness against North Korean military threats.

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