North Korea launches a ballistic missile into the Sea of ​​Japan

South Korea’s joint chief of staff said the missile was launched at 2:07 pm local time from the Sinpo area on North Korea’s east coast.

The Japanese coast guard confirmed that the bullet had fallen into the Sea of ​​Japan, also known as the East Sea, at 2:25 pm local time.

South Korean and US intelligence officials are analyzing the launch and the South Korean military is maintaining a state of readiness, the joint leaders said.

The launch on Saturday arrives a few days later Another North Korean ballistic missile test on Wednesday.

North Korea stepped up its missile test program this year.

Saturday’s bullet marks the country’s 14th missile launch in 2022, including one presumed to have failed in mid-March.

By comparison, it only conducted four tests in 2020 and eight in 2021.

During a military parade on April 25, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised to increase its development of nuclear weapons at the “fastest speed possible”. Experts say the parade, as well as Kim’s rhetoric and flurry of launches, offer a glimpse into his ambitions for his weapons program, particularly efforts to develop solid fuel missiles would be easier to hide from spy agencies. foreigners.