May 16, 2022, 15:28

    North Korea fires ballistic missile in second test launch in a week – World News

    North Korea fires ballistic missile in second test launch in a week – World News

    The North Korean military has fired a ballistic missile off its east coast, in the country's latest show of firepower.

    The Japanese Coast Guard and the South Korean Military both confirmed that the launch had taken place.

    It is thought that the missile landed in the Japan Sea, a stretch of water around 1,000km which lies beneath North Korea and Japan.

    Eight days ago North Korea launched another ballistic missile towards the sea off its east coast from Sunan airport in Pyongyang.

    Eighteen days prior to that the hermit kingdom had fired two "new tactical guided weapons" in the city of Hamhung.

    The country is in the midst of a ramping up demonstrations of its military firepower.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has presided over a ramping up of shows of force
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    This year alone it has launched at least 1t ballistic missiles and in March, the country fired an intercontinental ballistic missile.

    In doing so it abandoned a four-year moratorium on ICBM testing.

    The North claims the weapon could strike the mainland United States, a claim which some military experts doubt.

    Leader month leader Kim Jong-un promised to ramp up his country’s weapons development program “at the fastest possible speed” to deter those who “violate” the country’s “fundamental interests.”

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