North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Towards Sea of Japan, South Korea Says

North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward the East Sea off the coast of Japan on Oct. 19, South Korea’s military said.

The details of the latest launch were not immediately made available, Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency reported.

According to the Japan Coast Guard, the projectile appeared to have already hit the waters and ships in the area have been told to stay on alert, Kyodo News reported.

Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi told reporters that the government was “analyzing information” on the launch without providing further details.

The launch came as reports say that the intelligence chiefs of South Korea, Japan, and United States will meet in Seoul this week to discuss North Korea’s recent missile launches, as well as other related issues.

Last September, North Korea test-fired ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, a new hypersonic missile, and an anti-aircraft missile.


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