By Jihoon Lee
North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile toward the sea off South Korea’s east coast on Sunday, ahead of planned large-scale military drills, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said. of South Korean and American forces involved an aircraft carrier.
The South Korean military did not provide further details about the missile including its range or trajectory.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Saturday that North Korea may be preparing to test-fire a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), according to South Korean military sources.
The launch comes after the US aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea to participate in joint exercises with South Korean forces, and ahead of a visit scheduled for next week by US Vice President Kamala Harris.
It was the first time North Korea has carried out such a launch after firing eight short-range ballistic missiles in a single day in early June, prompting the United States to call for more UN sanctions for violations. resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.
North Korea rejects UN resolutions as an infringement on its sovereign right to self-defence and space exploration.