North Korea fires unidentified projectile in first blast this year fueling war fears

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No confirmation from the North has yet been given (Image: Getty)

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Japan‘s coast guard first reported the launch and revealed worries the launch may be a ballistic missile.

The UN bars North Korea from conducting ballistic and nuclear weapons tests, however, authorities in Japan and South Korea believe the rule has been broken.

No confirmation from the North has yet been given.

The unidentified projectile was fired off North Korea’s east coast and marks the nation’s first show of force this year.

In a statement, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said: “South Korean and US intelligence are closely analysing for further detail.”

JCS and the Japanese government have reportedly said the projectile “appears” to be a ballistic missile.

A government official said the projectile has landed outside the country’s exclusive economic zone, according to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK.

As of March 2020, North Korea carried out 147 strategic missile tests since the first such test in 1984.

Under the rule of Kim Il-sung, 15 were carried out, and 16 under Kim Jong-il.

However, under Kim Jong-un’s leadership, 119 tests have been undertaken as of December, 2019.

Harry Byrne

Harry Byrne

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