North Korea Fires Unidentified Projectile, South Korea Military Says

North Korea fired an unidentified projectile into the sea off its east coast, South Korea’s military said on Sept. 28.

According to a statement from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), North Korea fired the projectile at around 6:40 a.m. local time. 

The statement added that South Korean and United States intelligence authorities were analyzing the launch for more information.

“Our military is closely monitoring the related moves in coordination with the U.S. and maintaining a readiness posture in preparation for additional launches,” the JCS said.

While the JCS did not specify if the projectile is a ballistic missile, a Japanese defense ministry spokesperson told AFP News on the condition of anonymity that the projectile “appears to be a ballistic missile.”

If the projectile is confirmed to be a ballistic missile, it would be the third such launch for this year, Yonhap News Agency reported.

North Korea test-fired two short-ranged missiles last Sept. 15.

The latest projectile launch came days after Kim Yo-jong, the sister and adviser of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, spoke of the possibility of an inter-Korean summit to repair relations and to formally end the Korean War, as suggested by South Korea, on the conditions of dropping “double standards” from South Korea and U.S.’s criticisms of North Korea’s military developments.

The news of the launch also came before North Korean representative Kim Song addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, insisting that his country had the right to test weapons.

“Nobody can deny the right to self-defense” for North Korea, Song said.

“We are just building up our national defense in order to defend ourselves and reliably safeguard the security and peace of the country,” Song further said.

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