The army north korean launched this Wednesday an “unidentified projectile” that “is believed to have failed immediately after takeoff,” reported the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) South Korean.

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Shortly after Japan warned of the test of what it believes to be a ballistic missile, the JCS explained in a brief statement that the launch took place around 9:30 a.m. local time (00:30 GMT) in the Sunan area, where the Pyongyang airport and from where the regime carried out two launches on February 27 and March 5.

Washington, Seoul and Tokyo say that these two previous tests in Sunan were aimed at testing a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) technology belonging to a missile called Hwasong-17.

This accusation is intended to debunk what was said by the North Korean regime, which has claimed that the tests on February 27 and April 5 were tests to put a new reconnaissance satellite into orbit.

In turn, the Pentagon assured that Pyongyang is soon planning a full test of the Hwasong-17 “disguising it as a space launch”, as it is considered to have done with the launches of several satellites over the last two decades, none of which have operational state.

That complaint coincided with the announcement of the visit of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to the Sohae space launch base (in the northwest of the country) and the plans to improve the facilities to launch reconnaissance satellites on board “ larger carrier rockets.

With today’s test, there are now 10 projectile tests carried out by Pyongyang since the beginning of the year, a record figure.

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North Korea fired its most powerful missile since 2017 on Sunday, an escalation after conducting seven weapons tests this year, prompting fears in Seoul of more nuclear tests or long-range projectile launches. (Source: AFP)



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