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North Korea has fired another ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan off its eastern coast

Payam Javan: According to South Korean and Japanese officials, North Korea has fired another ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan off its eastern coast, marking the latest in a series of military tests by Pyongyang in recent weeks.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea said one ballistic missile was launched from the vicinity of Sinpo at 10:17 a.m. local time on Oct. 19, and it’s believed to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

North Korea keeps submarines and equipment for test-firing SLBMs in this area. Other types of missiles have also been launched from the area by North Korea.

“Our military is closely monitoring the situation and maintaining readiness posture in close cooperation with the United States, to prepare for possible additional launches,” the South Korean JCS said in a statement.

According to local media, the Japan Coast Guard identified the projectile as a probable ballistic missile and ordered ships in the area to avoid any falling objects and stay vigilant for additional alerts.

Initial research indicates that two ballistic missiles were fired, according to Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi. North Korea has launched a series of missile tests in recent weeks, according to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, which he described as “regrettable.”

The JCS of South Korea and the Coast Guard of Japan did not immediately provide any information on where the missile may have landed or how far it flew.

In the last month, North Korea has conducted a series of weapons tests in response to international restrictions imposed on its nuclear and missile programs. Following calls from Seoul officials, it has also lately restored dormant contacts with South Korea, which had been mostly halted for more than a year.

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Pyongyang fired a newly developed hypersonic missile off its eastern coast in late September.

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