North Korea fires third ballistic missile in a week – hours after US Vice President Kamala Harris left the south after visiting DMZ
- Seoul military said North Korea fired an unidentified missile into the Sea of Japan
- It is the third rocket launch that Pyongyang has carried out since Sunday
- Kamala Harris visited the border between North and South Korea
North Korea has tested its third ballistic missile in less than a week, just hours after US Vice President Kamala Harris left the south after visiting the DMZ.
The Seoul military confirmed the launch today, just a day after a similar test that came just three days after another.
“North Korea has fired an unidentified ballistic missile into the Baltic Sea,” Seoul’s joint chiefs of staff said in a statement, referring to the waters better known as the Sea of Japan.
North Korea has tested its third ballistic missile in less than a week, just hours after US Vice President Kamala Harris left the south after visiting the DMZ (file image)
While in South Korea, Harris toured the country’s heavily fortified border with the nuclear-armed North
The Japanese Coast Guard also confirmed a possible launch of ballistic missiles from North Korea, citing information from Tokyo’s Defense Ministry.
While in South Korea, Harris toured the country’s heavily fortified border with the nuclear-armed north as part of a trip aimed at strengthening the security alliance with Seoul.
In the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), Harris said the U.S. commitment to defending South Korea was “cast-iron,” adding that the allies were “aligned” in their response to the growing threat posed by the US’s weapons programs. north.
Washington has stationed about 28,500 troops in South Korea to help protect it from the north, and the Allies are conducting a large-scale joint naval exercise in a show of force this week.
A man watches a television screen showing a news broadcast with file images of a North Korean missile test at a train station in Seoul on Sept. 28
People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with file images of a missile test on September 25
Pyongyang carried out two banned ballistic missile launches in the days before Harris’ arrival, continuing a record string of weapons tests this year.
The north fired a short-range missile (SRBM) on Sunday and two SRBMs on Wednesday, Seoul and Tokyo said.
Under Seoul’s aggressive new President Yoon Suk-yeol, Seoul and Washington have staged joint military exercises, which they say are purely defensive.
North Korea sees them as rehearsals for an invasion.
Seoul announced Thursday that it would conduct trilateral anti-submarine exercises with Japan and the US, the first such exercises since 2017.
South Korean officials said this weekend they discovered signs that Pyongyang could be preparing to fire a submarine-launched ballistic missile.