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North Korea tests ballistic missile – reports

SEOUL (Sputnik) – North Korea has tested an unspecified ballistic missile towards the Sea of ​​Japan, South Korean news agency Yonhap reports, citing the South Korean military.

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) did not immediately provide further details on Sunday’s launch.

The latest test firing comes three days after Pyongyang launched a Hwansong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile in response to 11-day joint military exercises by the United States and South Korea called “Freedom Shield 23”. Pyongyang condemned the drills, calling them preparations for a “war of aggression”.

North Korea also claimed on Friday that 800,000 of its citizens had volunteered to fight against the United States “Imperialists and puppet traitors”. [who] are trying to destroy our independence and our right to live and develop.”

The Japanese Coast Guard also said the object fired by North Korea could be a ballistic missile and issued a post-launch warning.

According to Japanese media, the missile landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone. The missile test also comes days after the leaders of South Korea and Japan agreed to enhanced security cooperation.

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