A file photo of a North Korean test (Reuters)

North Korea posted another on Thursday ballistic missile in the sea in the east of the country, South Korean officials said, the third such weapons test this week at a time when South Korea and the United States are conducting joint military exercises that the government North Korean considers a threat.

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) did not provide further details of the test at this time, although the Japanese Ministry of Defense said the projectile remained in the air at 7:40 a.m. local time (22:00 GMT) and expected to fall around 08:18 (23:18 GMT) in the waters of the Sea of ​​Japan about 550 kilometers east of the Korean Peninsula, outside the area Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Japan.

This flight data suggests that it could be an intercontinental range ballistic missile (ICBM).

The most recent launch was a few hours before South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol will visit Tokyo meet the Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishidawith the aim of improving bilateral relations and cementing a trilateral security cooperation agreement with the United States to counter North Korean threats.

The rehearsal is a new response to the allied Freedom Shield maneuvers, which will last until March 23.

The allies have warned that North Korea, which sees the exercises as a test to invade it and has promised to give an “unprecedented response” to these maneuvers, has everything ready to carry out a new nuclear test when it wants and some experts believe the regime may choose to test its first solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which is more effective than those using liquid propellants.


(With information from AP and EFE)

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