A suspected ballistic missile has been launched into the sea by North Korea, according to a statement from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, marking the ninth missile launch this year
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North Korea has launched a suspected ballistic missile at sea, the South Korean military has said, days after it refused to denounce Russia by not supporting a UN resolution on its invasion of Ukraine.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement Saturday North Korea fired an unidentified projectile at sea east of the Korean peninsula, while the Japanese prime minister’s office said it was a suspected ballistic missile.
The rocket’s launch comes just days before the South’s presidential election and would be the ninth this year.
It comes as North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has backed President Vladimir Putin over his actions in Ukraine.
In its first official statement on the Russian attack, the Foreign Ministry spoke of an “abuse of power” by the West.
North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations has said the US and its allies are the root cause of Ukraine’s crisis after ignoring Russia’s “reasonable and just” security demands.
Kim Song, the North Korean diplomat, has criticized US and Western “hegemonic policies” which he says threaten the security and territorial integrity of sovereign nations.
“The greatest danger facing the world now is the self-importance and arbitrariness of the United States and its supporters, which is shaking international peace and stability,” Kim said at a session of the UN General Assembly.
The Soviet-era allies share an 11-mile border and are both strongly motivated by anti-West and anti-NATO sentiments.
The last missile launch was on February 27, when North Korea said it was testing systems for a reconnaissance satellite.
North Korea’s ballistic missile launches are banned by United Nations Security Council resolutions that have imposed sanctions on the country over its weapons programs.
New worrying satellite imagery also suggests production is underway at a nuclear center in North Korea.
Activity at the Hermit Kingdom’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center suggests that fissile material production, both plutonium and enriched uranium, may well be in full swing.
The images also suggest that operations at facilities in and around the center have ramped up.
The latest images show melted snow on certain rooftops and snow clearing from streets, indicating activity.
However, the exact scope of the work carried out remains unknown.
Snapshots show that the research and development area is currently under construction with three large buildings, one of which looks like it could be operational.
Activities in Yongbyon have steadily increased in recent years, particularly after the failed Hanoi Summit in February 2019.
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