North Korea fired three ballistic missilesSouth Korean military sources reported, hours after Pyongyang announced the first cases of Covid-19 since the pandemic began.
“Our military detected around 18:29 local time three ballistic missiles short-range missiles launched from the Sunan area of Pyongyang,” South Korea’s chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, adding that the missiles were aimed at the Sea of Japan.
Japan’s Defense Ministry also confirmed the launch and coastal monitoring services said they had issued a warning to ships.
Since the beginning of the year, CNorth Korea has greatly increased its testing and weapons launches.
Thursday’s shooting would be the country’s 16th weapons test and comes days after the inauguration of South Korea’s new president, Yoon Suk-yeol, who has a more hostile stance toward Pyongyang than his predecessor, Moon Jae. in.
Hours earlier, North Korea acknowledged its first Covid-19 outbreak since the start of the pandemic and declared a “major national emergency,” prompting leader Kim Jong Un to order lockdowns across the country.