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February 28, 2022updated 02 Mar 2022 8:33am

North Korea restarts weapon tests with launch of ballistic missile

The possible ballistic missile was launched from a location near Susan, in North Korea.

North Korea has reportedly tested a possible ballistic missile, military officials of Japan and South Korea told Reuters.

The move marks the resumption of weapons testing, following a record number of launches last month.

According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, a projectile was fired towards the sea from a location near Susan, in North Korea.

The missile reached a maximum altitude of approximately 620km, and travelled 300km. The flight data indicated that the projectile was a medium-range ballistic missile.

The US, Japan, and South Korea expressed their concerns following the missile launch.

In a statement, the US Indo Pacific Command said: “We are aware of the DPRK’s ballistic missile launch this morning, and are consulting closely with the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan, as well as other regional allies and partners.

“The US condemns this launch and calls on the DPRK to refrain from further destabilising acts.

“While we have assessed that this event does not pose an immediate threat to US personnel, territory, or that of our allies, we will continue to monitor the situation. The US commitment to the defence of the ROK and Japan, remains ironclad.”

This is North Korea’s eighth missile launch this year.

On 30 January 2022, the reclusive nation tested the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile which reportedly has a range of over 4,500km.

The country also tested hypersonic missiles and tactical guided missiles last month.

North Korea’s missile programme is banned by the United Nations Security Council resolutions, and faces several international sanctions.

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