North Korea fired another ballistic missile on Wednesday, Seoul’s military said, the latest launch from Pyongyang following a record-breaking testing blitz earlier this month.
The launch comes as the United States counted votes in the midterm elections for the House and Senate, which Seoul’s spy agency had previously warned would be a possible moment for Kim Jong Un to conduct a long-expected nuclear test.
Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said “North Korea fires an unspecified ballistic missile towards East Sea,”. Seoul Joint Chief of Staff said while referring to the body of water also known as the Sea of Japan.
The military did not give any further details. Japan also confirmed the launch, with the government tweeting that Pyongyang “has launched a suspected ballistic missile”.
Earlier this month, North Korea conducted a flurry of launches, including an intercontinental ballistic missile, which Seoul said appeared to have failed. Pyongyang also fired a short-range ballistic missile that crossed the de facto maritime border and landed near the South’s territorial waters.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said at the time that it was “effectively a territorial invasion”.
Both launches were part of a Wednesday, November 2 barrage, when Pyongyang fired 23 missiles more than it launched during the whole of 2017, the year of “fire and fury” when Kim traded barbs with then-US president Donald Trump on Twitter and in state media.
The flurry of launches came as hundreds of USA and South Korean warplanes including B-1B heavy bombers were participating in the large-scale joint air drills, called Vigilant Storm, which Pyongyang has described as “aggressive and provocative”.
Pyongyang ramped up missile launches in response to the drills. Such exercises have long provoked strong reactions from North Korea, which sees them as rehearsals for an invasion. Seoul and Washington have been warning for months that the North is ready to conduct another nuclear test which would be the country’s seventh at any time.
But analysts questioned the utility of trying to predict exactly when it was to come.
Remember that North Korea few months back-tested its Ballistic Missile over japan and now its 4th test in the months conducted by North Korea.