North Korea fired at least one ballistic missile on Sunday, the latest in a series of launches by Pyongyang as South Korea held joint military exercises, the Yonhap news agency reported.
“North Korea fires ballistic missile” into the Sea of Japan, Yonhap reported, citing the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Look: North Korea launches new missile fire, South Korea says
The launch came just days after Pyongyang tested its largest and most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-17.
The United States and South Korea have stepped up security cooperation in the face of growing military and nuclear threats from the North, which has conducted numerous tests of proscribed weapons in recent months.
The joint military exercises between Washington and Seoul, dubbed Freedom Shield, began on Monday and will run for 10 days.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol traveled to Japan on Thursday to meet with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida seeking to strengthen relations in the face of growing North Korean aggressiveness.
North Korea declared itself an “irreversible” nuclear power last year, and leader Kim Jong Un recently called for an “exponential” increase in weapons production, including tactical nuclear weapons.
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