North Korea has again fired ballistic missiles, the South Korean military has said. The missile was tested in waters off the coast of Japan on Tuesday (October 19th), according to a report in the BBC.
Pyongyang test-fired the ballistic missile amid reports that intelligence chiefs from South Korea, Japan and the United States discussed the North Korean issue in Seoul, the media said. It is also reported that an arms exhibition is underway in Seoul.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said a ballistic missile was launched from the area near the North Korean coastal city of Sinpo at 10:16 a.m. local time on Tuesday. The site includes North Korean submarines and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) for experimental use.
Meanwhile, citing an unnamed military source, South Korean media Jung Gang Ilbo reported that the missile fired on Tuesday was believed by the Seoul government to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). However, the source did not say anything more.
North Korea, however, has previously fired other missiles from the area near the coastal city of Sinpo. “Our military is monitoring the situation,” the South Korean JCS said in a statement. We are working with the United States on this. “
North Korea test-fired an anti-aircraft missile in early October. Earlier, the country tested a hypersonic missile that was faster than sound. Pyongyang was also accused of conducting separate ballistic and cruise missile tests last September.
North Korea is conducting a series of missile tests, despite strict sanctions and restrictions imposed by the international community, including the United Nations. Despite the restrictions, Pyongyang’s weapons technology continues to grow. And with the latest missile launch, it is clear that North Korea will not suspend its weapons tests because of blockades and sanctions imposed by Western countries, including the United Nations and the United States.
North Korean Ambassador Kim Sung addressed the latest UN General Assembly in New York. He said the North has the right to “develop, test, manufacture and preserve weapons”. At the time, he added, his country was “building a national defense system to protect itself.”