North Korea launches ballistic missile, South says

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile was launched from Sunan, an area in the North’s capital, Pyongyang.

The launch is North Korea’s first since then military show Late on April 25, leader Kim Jong Un vowed to step up his development of nuclear weapons.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a military parade in late April.

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

“True peace can be trusted, and national dignity and national sovereignty can be ensured by a strong self-defense force capable of defeating the enemy,” Kim said in a statement released by the state-run Korean Central News Agency after the parade. .

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His nuclear force’s first mission, he said, was to “deter war,” but if anyone tried to “disarm the basic interests of our country, our nuclear force would have no choice but to carry out its second mission.” He did not go into details of what that second mission would be.

Wednesday test is North Korea the thirteenth of the yearincluding one on March 16 that supposedly failed.

By comparison, it only conducted four tests in 2020, and eight in 2021.

Among this year’s tests is the launch of an ICBM on March 24, North Korea’s first test of this weapon in more than four years.

This is an evolving story.