According to the South Korean military, North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile into the East Sea on Sunday, just days after a nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier arrived ahead of joint training. Without providing any additional details, the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul reported early on Sunday that “North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile.”
Following reports that Pyongyang might be preparing to launch a ballistic missile from a submarine, the launch, which is a part of the North’s record-breaking barrage of weapons tests this year, took place.
The Japanese coast guard also confirmed the potential for a ballistic missile launch and warned ships of the situation, citing information from Tokyo’s defense ministry.
The coast guard advised ships to keep an eye out for any new information and report any extraterrestrial objects rather than getting too close. The item appeared to have strayed outside of Japan’s EEZ, according to the country’s official report.
The nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan and ships from its strike group berthed in the southern port city of Busan on Friday as part of Seoul and Washington’s efforts to increase the number of US strategic assets operating in the region.
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