SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea carried out a ballistic missile launch towards its eastern waters on Wednesday, in response to what it deemed as a provocative U.S. reconnaissance activity near its territory. This comes after North Korea accused the United States of flying a military plane close to its airspace for spying purposes. The United States and South Korea have dismissed these allegations and urged North Korea to avoid actions and statements that escalate tensions.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed the missile launch on Wednesday morning but did not provide any specific details about the missile’s flight distance. Meanwhile, Japan’s Defense Ministry also detected a possible ballistic missile launch by North Korea.
This incident marks North Korea’s first weapons firing in approximately a month. The country previously conducted a series of missile tests earlier this year, further fueling animosities in the region.
It is worth noting that North Korea has repeatedly made similar threats regarding alleged U.S. reconnaissance activities. However, the recent statements from North Korean officials come amidst heightened tensions and concerns regarding their missile testing.
As tensions in the region persist, it remains important for all parties involved to engage in diplomatic dialogue and work towards de-escalation.