North Korea Fires Fourth Suspected Missile

North Korea has fired an “unidentified projectile” on Monday, Japanese and South Korean authorities reported, in what could be Pyongyang’s fourth missile test this month.

Japanese defense minister Kishi Nobuo told reporters in Tokyo that North Korea fired two suspected ballistic missiles that landed in waters outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Hirokazu Matsuno condemned the launch as a threat to peace and security.

Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff also reported the incident, saying North Korea fired an “unidentified projectile” into the Sea of Japan.

North Korea had already conducted three other missile tests earlier this month, an unusually rapid series which the U.S. had responded to by imposing new sanctions on the nuclear-armed country.

Pyongyang said that Washington’s response was a “provocation”, maintaining that the country has a “legitimate right” to self-defense as it accelerates its drive to modernize its military.

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