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North Korea fires possible ballistic missile for first time in a month

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff also reported that North Korea had fired at least one "unidentified projectile" eastward, without elaborating.

February 27, 2022 / 09:48 AM IST
Missile (Representative Image)

Missile (Representative Image)

North Korea fired what could be a ballistic missile, Japan's coast guard said on Sunday, in what would be the first test since the nuclear-armed country conducted a record number of launches in January

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff also reported that North Korea had fired at least one "unidentified projectile" eastward, without elaborating.

Sunday's launch came less than two weeks ahead of a pivotal March 9 presidential election in South Korea, amid fears by some in Seoul that North Korea may push ahead with missile development while international attention is focused on Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The leading conservative candidate, Yoon Suk-Yeol, warned last week that North Korea could see the Ukraine crisis as "an opportunity for launching its own provocation."