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North Korea launches a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan

Seoul, Jan 14 (EFE).- North Korea on Sunday launched a ballistic missile of an unknown type into the Sea of Japan, according to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

The defense ministry said it appeared to be a short-range ballistic missile and that the projectile is likely to have fallen outside its Special Economic Zone.

This was North Korea’s first missile launch of the year, and came after a solid-fuel long-range ballistic missile (ICBM) launch on Dec. 18.

The missile test also comes at a time of special tension on the peninsula after Pyongyang carried out artillery maneuvers next to the disputed western maritime border for three days in a row.

Seoul responded with its own live-fire drills and announced it would resume military maneuvers in this border area.

Tensions between the two Koreas, which remain technically at war, have been increasing since the regime announced in November the suspension of a bilateral military agreement signed in 2018 that sought to avoid clashes near the border. EFE

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