North Korea fires ballistic missile towards East Sea after failed spy satellite launch: Seoul

  • North Korea launched a suspected ballistic missile towards the East Sea. South Korea and Japan are investigating the incident

AFP
First Published30 May 2024
A news program broadcasts a file image of a missile launch by North Korea, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul
A news program broadcasts a file image of a missile launch by North Korea, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul(AP)

North Korea on Thursday fired an unspecified ballistic missile towards the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, South Korea's military said, just days after Pyongyang's failed attempt to launch a spy satellite.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff did not provide further details in its statement.

Japan's coastguard and prime minister's office said the North had fired a suspected ballistic missile, adding they were gathering more information.

Also Read: Japan issues 'stay indoors' warning after North Korea 'fires' missile, Pyongyang clarifies

North Korea's latest attempt to put a spy satellite into orbit ended in a mid-air explosion on Monday, Pyongyang said, after Seoul and Tokyo had criticised the planned launch.

Japanese broadcaster NHK ran footage of what appeared to be a flaming projectile in the night sky, which then exploded into a fireball, saying it had filmed it from northeast China at the same time as the attempted launch.

Also Read: North Korea Give Notice of Plan to Launch Spy Satellite into Orbit

Putting a reconnaissance satellite into orbit has long been a top priority for Kim Jong Un's regime, and it claimed to have succeeded in November, after two failed attempts last year.

 

 

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