South Korea says North Korea launched 3 ballistic missiles
North Korea test-fired intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Hwasong-17 on March 24 – Photo: KCNA
The JCS said North Korea launched three short-range ballistic missiles at about 6:29 pm (local time) on May 12, from the Sunan area in Pyongyang.
Japan’s Defense Ministry confirmed to AFP news agency that North Korea had launched a missile, and issued a warning to ships in the area.
According to AFP news agency, this could be the country’s 16th weapons test this year.
The launch took place just two days after the new South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol took office (May 10).
In the week before Yoon’s inauguration, South Korea and Japan said North Korea conducted two ballistic missile tests, although Pyongyang has not confirmed it.
North Korea used a submarine-launched ballistic missile in its May 7 test launch, which it has been actively developing in recent years.
Despite international sanctions over its weapons program, North Korea has dramatically ramped up test launches this year and ignored US offers for talks.
Late last month, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced progress in building a nuclear arsenal.
Also on May 12, North Korea recorded the first case of COVID-19 and locked down the whole country.
According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), some residents in the capital Pyongyang were infected with the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, without providing details on the number of cases. case or source of infection.
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