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North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile After Unprecedented Year Of Tests

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, along with his daughter, walks away from an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in this undated photo released on November 19, 2022 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS

North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile After Unprecedented Year Of Tests

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December 31, 2022

By Joyce Lee

SEOUL, Dec 31 (Reuters) – North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward the sea east to the Korean Peninsula on Saturday, the South Korean military said. 

It is the latest in an unprecedented number of missile tests conducted by North Korea this year.

Japan’s coast guard said North Korea fired what could be a ballistic missile and sent notice about a second possible missile.

North Korea fired the missile the day after South Korea’s defense ministry announced it had successfully conducted a test flight of a solid-propellant space launch vehicle. 

On Monday, five North Korean drones had crossed into South Korea, prompting South Korea’s military to scramble fighter jets and attack helicopters to try to shoot them down, in the first such intrusion since 2017. 

Not counting Saturday, North Korea fired around 70 ballistic missiles about 38 times this year, Yonhap news agency said, including about eight intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).

(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Chris Reese and Grant McCool)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2022.

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