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Military closely monitoring N. Korea amid concerns over additional missile launch

All News 11:41 September 30, 2021

SEOUL, Sept. 30 (Yonhap) -- The military is closely monitoring North Korea over possible signs of an additional missile launch but has nothing to comment on as of now, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Thursday.

On Wednesday, the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the country's Academy of Defense Science conducted the first test fire of the hypersonic Hwasong-8 missile from Toyang-ri, Jagang Province, the previous day.

Asked if there were any signs of preparations for additional missile launches from the North, JCS spokesman Col. Kim Jun-rak said there were no activities to comment on as of now.

"Our military is monitoring related moves under close coordination with South Korea-U.S. intelligence authorities," he said during a regular press briefing.

Tuesday's missile launch marked the North's sixth known major weapons test this year and came about two weeks after it fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

During a speech at the country's rubber-stamp parliament Wednesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said his country is "developing a powerful new weapon system capable of thoroughly containing the military moves of the hostile forces," and that its "ultra-modern weapons" are "being developed at an extremely fast speed."

This photo, taken from a South Korean observation tower in Paju, north of Seoul, on Sept. 29, 2021, shows the North Korean flag fluttering at a North Korean border village inside the Demilitarized Zone bisecting the two Koreas. (Yonhap)


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