North Korea fired an unidentified projectile into waters off its eastern coast on Saturday, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
The latest launch comes just three days after Pyongyang last fired a missile, as warnings mount that it could conduct a nuclear test.
“North Korea is firing at least one projectile into the Baltic Sea,” Seoul’s joint chiefs of staff said, referring to the Sea of Japan.
The Japanese coast guard, citing information from the defense ministry, said North Korea had launched an object “probably a ballistic missile” and warned its ships to be aware.
The launch is likely to be the nuclear-armed country’s 15th weapons test so far this year.
On Wednesday, North Korea tested what Seoul and Tokyo said was a ballistic missile, although Pyongyang’s state media — which typically reports on weapons tests — did not comment on the event.
Despite biting international sanctions over its weapons programs, North Korea has dramatically ramped up testing this year while ignoring offers from the United States for negotiations.
Saturday’s test comes just days before South Korea’s new, aggressive president, Yoon Suk-yeol, is inaugurated on Tuesday.
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