South Korean military said Kim Jong Un’s isolated nation North Korea fired a ballistic missile off its east coast on Wednesday ahead of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris’ planned visit to Seoul, Reuters reported.
What Happened: Harris is scheduled to visit the de-militarized zone, or DMZ, separating the two Koreas on Thursday to show solidarity with the Seoul administration after North Korea’s recent attempts with ballistic missiles.
This was the second test by North Korea in a week. Earlier, on Sunday, it fired a suspected ballistic missile off its east coast.
The publication noted that the Japanese coast guard also reported a suspected ballistic missile test.
Why It’s Important: The launch comes two days after Seoul and Washington forces began their military drills in the waters off South Korea’s east coast involving an aircraft carrier.
North Korea has always blamed the joint military exercises for the unrest in the Korean peninsula. It has long opposed the joint exercises on concerns that they serve as rehearsals for an invasion.
Meanwhile, in 2022 alone, North Korea has conducted more than 30 missile tests.
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