North Korea fired “an unidentified projectile in an easterly direction,” the South Korean Army General Staff announced in a terse statement on Wednesday.

Since the beginning of the year, Pyongyang has carried out more than a dozen weapons tests and, in March, fired an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time since 2017.

Despite international sanctions against its nuclear and weapons program, North Korea has reinvigorated the modernization of its arsenal and has tested numerous prohibited projectiles.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un also warned last Saturday that he could “preemptively” use his arsenal, which includes nuclear weapons, to counter threatening actions by hostile countries.

This test comes days before South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol, who has promised a tougher stance against the North, takes office next week.

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