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(LEAD) N. Korea fires unidentified projectile toward East Sea: S. Korean military

Defense 14:45 May 07, 2022

(ATTN: UPDATES with details in paras 4-5; ADDS photo)

SEOUL, May 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korea fired an unidentified projectile toward the East Sea on Saturday, South Korea's military said, in the recalcitrant regime's latest saber-rattling that comes just days before President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol's inauguration.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) announced the launch, the North's 15th show of force this year. Details were not immediately known.

Military authorities here presume the launch involves a ballistic missile, a source said.

The latest launch came after the North test-fired what was presumed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Wednesday. In an unusual move, the North's state media did not report on Wednesday's launch, spawning speculation it might have failed.

Concerns have persisted that the North could continue to engage in provocations, such as another ICBM launch or a nuclear test, particularly around Yoon's inauguration slated for Tuesday or his summit with U.S. President Joe Biden scheduled for May 21.

This file photo, taken April 17, 2022, shows a news report on a North Korean weapons test being aired on a TV screen at Seoul Station in Seoul. (Yonhap)


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