North Korea fires ballistic missile into waters off Japan

North Korea fires ballistic missile into waters off Japan
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un recently vowed to build an "invincible military". Source: KCNA
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Daily US Times: South Korea’s military says North Korea has fired a ballistic missile into waters off the coast of Japan.

It comes as Japan, US ans South Korea intelligence chiefs reportedly meet in Seoul to discuss North Korea.

Pyongyang has embarked on a flurry of tests In recent weeks, of what it claims to be hypersonic and long-range cruise missiles, and anti-aircraft weapons.

The North has been developing its weapons programme despite strict international sanctions.

It is specifically prohibited by the United Nations from testing nuclear weapons as well as ballistic missile.

But in recent weeks North Korea has pressed ahead with its missile launches as the South also develops its own weapons, in what observers say has turned into an arms race on the Korean peninsula.

Recently, South Korea unveiled a submarine-launched missile, and is holding what is said to be South Korea’s largest defence exhibition ever this week. Seoul also due to launch its own space rocket soon.

Following the Korean War, which split the Korean peninsula into two countries, South and North Korea have remained technically at war as the conflict ended in 1953 with an armistice.

Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, said last week that he didn’t wish for war to break out on the Korean peninsula again, but said his country needed to continue developing weapons for self-defence against enemies, namely the US which he accused of hostility.

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