(CNN) — North Korea fired one or more unidentified projectiles into the waters off the east coast of the Korean peninsula on Thursday, a development that, if confirmed, could be its sixth missile test this month, the North Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said. South.
North Korea has stepped up its missile tests this month, saying it will bolster its defenses against the United States and consider “resuming all temporarily suspended activities,” according to North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency.
Just two days ago, Pyongyang shot what were believed to be cruise missiles.
On January 17, Pyongyang tried “tactical guided missiles“, which are short-range ballistic missiles,” KCNA said.
North Korea claimed to have successfully tested hypersonic missiles on January 5 and 11, and then what were supposed to be short-range ballistic missiles from a train car on January 14.
Pyongyang is prohibited by international law from developing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.
After the train test, a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman admonished the United States for its stance against Pyongyang’s weapons development. “If the United States takes such a confrontational stance, the DPRK will be forced to take a stronger and safer reaction,” the spokesman said, referring to the country by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
In a recent statement by KCNA, a spokesman defended North Korea’s right to beef up its weapons, saying its “recent development of new-type weapons was just part of its efforts to modernize its national defense capability.”