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North Korea fires ballistic missile off east coast, South Korea, Japan say

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North Korea fires ballistic missile off east coast, South Korea, Japan say

FILE PHOTO: Missile vehicles take part in a nighttime military parade to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Revolutionary Armyu00a0in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 26, 2022.

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The launch is the North's 16th known weapons test this year, and comes hours after reporting its first coronavirus outbreak, declaring 'gravest national emergency' and ordering a national lockdown

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward the sea off its east coast on Thursday, South Korean and Japanese militaries said, as the isolated country races to advance its weapons programs.

The launch is the North’s 16th known weapons test this year, and came hours after reporting its first coronavirus outbreak, declaring “gravest national emergency” and ordering a national lockdown.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff reported the latest test but no other details, and Japan’s coast guard also said a projectile believed to be a ballistic missile has fallen outside its territorial waters.

In its last weapons test on Saturday, the North used a submarine-launched ballistic missile, which it has been aggressively developing in recent years.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un vowed late last month to expedite the country’s buildup of nuclear arsenal, amid stalled denuclearization talks with the United States.

US and South Korean officials have said Pyongyang’s first nuclear test since 2017 could take place as early as this month.

North Korea reports first COVID-19 outbreak, orders lockdown in ‘gravest emergency’

North Korea reports first COVID-19 outbreak, orders lockdown in ‘gravest emergency’

– Rappler.com