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South Korea said its northern neighbor had fired a new “unidentified projectile” at sea on Thursday. It could be the sixth shot since the start of the year.
One more. “North Korea fired an unidentified projectile into the East Sea,” also known as the Sea of Japan, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Thursday (January 27th).
This brings to six the number of weapons tests this year for this nuclear-armed country. The last time North Korea tested so many weapons in a month was in 2019, after talks between its leader Kim Jong-un and then-US President Donald Trump broke down.
Since then, talks between the two countries have stalled, and international sanctions and border closures to guard against Covid-19 have brought the North Korean economy to its knees.
Pyongyang carried out two cruise missile tests according to Seoul on Tuesday and at least four more weapons tests this month, including what it said were hypersonic missiles on Jan. 5 and 11. Last week, North Korea hinted it could resume nuclear and long-range weapons testing, suspended since 2017.
These trials come at a delicate time for the region: China, the only major ally of the North Korean regime, is hosting the Winter Olympics in February and South Korea is holding a presidential election in March.