North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile, says South Korea

It is second in a week after Pyongyang launched what it claimed was hypersonic weapon.

ANKARA (AA) – North Korea on Tuesday fired another missile into East Seat, what the South Korean military said was a suspected ballistic missile, local media reported.

The South Korean military detected the launch from an inland area at early morning, according to Yonhap News Agency.

“For additional information, the intelligence authorities of South Korea and the United States are in the process of conducting a detailed analysis,” the agency quoted the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea as saying.

It added that South Korean military, along with the US, is closely monitoring the North Korean military’s movements.

This was second missile fire less than a week after Pyongyang carried out its second test of newly developed hypersonic missile last week.

Following Tuesday’s launch, South Korea expressed strong regret and called on Pyongyang to respond to its call for dialogue, according to Yonhap.

“North Korea should choose cooperation for peace over acts that go against efforts to build peace on the Korean Peninsula, such as the latest missile launches, at this critical moment to stabilize the political situation surrounding the peninsula,” the agency quoted a South Korean Unification Ministry official as saying.

In October last year, North Korea for the first time confirmed that it developed a hypersonic missile and tested it.

Hypersonic missiles usually fly five times the speed of sound, or 6,125 km per hour, giving little time for enemies to respond.

Tensions have been high on the Korean Peninsula after both Pyongyang and Seoul test-fired ballistic missiles in October 2021.​


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