North Korea launches ballistic missile ahead of U.S. Vice President Harris’ visit


Author: Li Zhixun

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Sunday, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, after South Korean and U.S. troops held a massive military exercise involving an aircraft carrier.

The South Korean military did not provide further details about the missile, including its range or trajectory.

North Korea may be preparing to test a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Saturday, citing South Korea’s military as saying.

The launch comes after a U.S. aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea for joint exercises with South Korean troops and ahead of a planned visit by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris next week.

It was North Korea’s first such launch since it fired eight short-range ballistic missiles in a single day in early June, leading the United States to call on the United Nations to impose more sanctions on it for violating UN Security Council resolutions.

North Korea rejects the UN resolution as a violation of its sovereign rights to self-defense and space exploration.

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