North Korea fired an “unidentified projectile,” according to the South Korean military. South Korean news agency Yonhap reported this on Friday. South Korea’s Armed Forces General Staff said the guns were fired east towards the Sea of Japan.
It is still not clear how far the projectile flew and whether it was a new ballistic missile test. The new launch comes after two recent launches of hypersonic missiles. These can change course during flight, making detection and interception more difficult.
The Japanese government also confirmed a North Korean launch. According to the Japanese Ministry of Defense, it is a “ballistic missile”, according to Japanese channel NHK. But UN resolutions prohibit North Korea from conducting tests with such missiles that can carry a nuclear warhead. These missiles follow a ballistic trajectory and can be launched from different platforms, such as ships and aircraft, and from the ground.
The United States has already announced that it will propose to its 14 partners in the United Nations Security Council the enactment of new international sanctions against North Korea over its ballistic missile launches.