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North Korea Launches Missile at Korean Peninsula and Japan

A missile was launched by North Korea towards the Korean Peninsula and Japan on Tuesday, according to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff and Yonhap Agency. The exact type of missile is still being analyzed, but it is reported to have fallen in the eastern sea, also known as the sea of Japan.

Multiple Rockets Launched, Japanese Coast Guard Reports

The Japanese Coast Guard has reported that a second rocket may have been launched as well, according to Kyodo News.

Continued Weapons Tests by Pyongyang

This latest launch is part of a series of weapons tests conducted by Pyongyang, which has escalated tensions with South Korea and the United States. Seoul and Washington have been increasing their defense cooperation in response to these tests.

US Nuclear Submarine Visit Triggers Response

During a Nuclear advisory group meeting in Seoul, it was announced that an American nuclear submarine was visiting the port of Busan for the first time since 1981. This move was expected to provoke a strong response from North Korea, as they are wary of having US nuclear assets near the Korean peninsula.

Kim Jong Un Supervises Firing of Newest ICBM

Less than a week ago, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally oversaw the firing of the country’s newest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), known as the solid-fuel Hwasong-18. Diplomatic relations between Pyongyang and Seoul have stalled, and Kim has expressed intentions to further develop their arms, including tactical nuclear bombs.

Military Exercises and US Soldier Seizure

In response to North Korea’s actions, Seoul and Washington have organized joint military exercises involving advanced stealth aircraft and US strategy assets. Additionally, it was confirmed that a US soldier is believed to have been seized by North Korea after crossing the heavily fortified border.

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