The South Korean military said North Korea fired at least one projectile, the type of which has not been determined, on Tuesday, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectile was fired into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan.
Other details, including the number of projectiles fired, were not immediately available, according to the agency.
The launch came after Pyongyang announced earlier this month a successful test launch of what it said at the time was a new type of long-range cruise missile, which represented the first test launch in six months.
For years, Pyongyang has been developing missiles capable of striking not only South Korea and Japan, but that could carry warheads even as far as the United States.
North Korea has declared itself a nuclear power. According to estimates by the Arms Control Association, as of August 2020, there are between 30 to 40 nuclear warheads in North Korea.
“the legitimate right”
At a time when Seoul was announcing the monitoring of this new missile test, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations, Kim Sung, was affirming, from the rostrum of the United Nations General Assembly, the “legitimate right” of his country to test weapons and “strengthen its defense capabilities.”
And while Kim did not come in his speech on this latest missile test, he said that “no one can deny North Korea its right to legitimate self-defense in order to develop, test, manufacture and possess weapons systems,” calling on the United States to stop its “hostile policy.” towards his country.
The ambassador added, “All we do is strengthen our national defense capabilities in order to defend ourselves and reliably ensure the security and peace of our country.”
As Kim demanded the United States “to prove by actions that it has no will against us,” he said, “If that happens, we are ready to respond” in the same way, “but it does not seem that the United States is ready” to take such a step.
The North Korean ambassador also stressed that the Americans “should stop their military training and stop deploying an arsenal of strategic weapons against our country.”
In recent days, North Korea has intensified its messages to Washington and Seoul.
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