North Korea conducts 16th missile test of 2022
According to the South Korean military, three short-range ballistic missiles were launched into the sea from Pyongyang's Sunan district.
According to the South Korean military, North Korea launched three short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast.
The purported launch from North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, came two days after South Korea's hardline new President Yoon Suk-yeol was inaugurated in Seoul.
Yoon's office stated that its national security council met promptly.
Despite the lack of an official declaration from North Korea, the office of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida verified the launch.
According to NHK, a missile looked to have fallen outside of Japan's exclusive economic zone.
The launch is believed to be the nuclear-armed country's 16th test of the year.
The DPRK has recently increased weapons testing to increase its deterrence capabilities. "Only when one is equipped with the formidable striking capabilities, overwhelming military power that cannot be stopped by anyone, one can prevent a war, guarantee the security of the country and contain and put under control all threats and blackmails by the imperialists," Kim said in late March.