SEOUL – North Korea on Sunday launched a ballistic missile toward the sea off its east coast in its eighth missile test of the year, South Korea’s military said.
The rocket was launched at 7:52 a.m. from Sunan, near Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, the South Korean military said. No further details were immediately released.
North Korea conducted seven missile tests in January, more than in all of 2021. So far, the country has limited weapons tests this month, possibly out of respect for its ally China. the country’s only major, hosting the Beijing Winter Olympics.
With the Olympics over, analysts say North Korea could return to missile testing again, not only to improve its weapons technology but also to gain diplomatic leverage with the United States, in the hope of achieving a higher level of success. hope will eventually secure the reduction of international sanctions on their nuclear. weapons program. The latest launch comes as the Biden administration is focusing on the crisis in Ukraine.
North Korea conducted its final missile test on January 30, when it launched a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile from off its east coast into the sea. It was the country’s boldest missile test since November 2017, when it tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.
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