South Korea’s office said on Saturday that South Korea had previously detected indications that North Korea was preparing to launch a submarine-launched ballistic missile, a weapon that Pyongyang last tested in May. Today’s launch is the latest in a series of highly intensive nuclear tests by Pyongyang, including the launch of a long-range ICBM.
The Japanese Coast Guard also confirmed the possible launch of ballistic missiles, citing information from the Ministry of Defense in Tokyo. Ships in the area were asked to monitor and provide information on any unidentified objects. Public broadcaster NHK said the object appeared to have fallen outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
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