North Korea fired an ‘unidentified projectile’

The South Korean military said on Friday that North Korea fired an unidentified projectile in Pyongyang’s third test in less than 10 days.

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South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectile was fired toward the eastern Korean peninsula.

Pyongyang launched two missiles, which North Korea presented as hypersonic, the first on January 5 and the second on January 11.

The Japan Coast Guard said it detected “North Korea’s launch at 2:55 p.m. of what appears to be one or more ballistic missiles.”

A coast guard spokesman told AFP they were still analyzing where it fell and whether it was a single object or several.

Despite international sanctions over banned weapons programmes. Pyongyang has already launched two missiles, presented as hypersonic, since the beginning of the year. The first on January 5 and the second on January 11.

The second test, overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, resulted in US sanctions against five people linked to North Korea’s missile program.

Then the North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman accused the United States of “deliberately aggravating” the situation.

“If the United States adopts such a confrontational stance, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will have to respond in a stronger and more emphatic manner,” the spokesman was quoted by the official KCNA news agency as saying.

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