North Korea fires ‘possible ballistic missile,’ Japan says

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff also reported a North Korean launch of an as yet unknown projectile or projectiles.

The possible missile was fired to the east from North Korea, South Korean officials said.

The possible missile firing is Pyongyang’s first since January 29, when it fired what it claimed was a Hwasong-12 intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM), its longest range ballistic missile since 2017.

January marked a record month of launches, with North Korea firing a succession of mostly short-range missiles.

Sunday’s launch also comes less than two weeks ahead of the South Korea presidential election on March 9, in which North Korea is likely to be a key electoral issue.

North Korea has ramped up its missile testing in 2022, announcing plans to bolster its defenses against the United States and evaluate “restarting all temporarily suspended activities,” according to state media.

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