Seoul: North Korea fires projectile toward eastern sea – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea fired an unidentified projectile off its east coast on Wednesday, the South Korean military said two days after the north claimed it had tested a new missile in its first weapons test in six months.

South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said in a statement the North Korean projectile flew towards the waters of the east coast of the Korean peninsula on Wednesday. There were no other details, and it wasn’t clear what the projectile was.

North Korea said Monday it had tested a newly developed cruise missile twice over the weekend. North Korea’s state media described the missile as a “strategic weapon of great importance” and suggested that it was designed with the intention of arming it with nuclear warheads.

Many experts say the North Korean test indicated North Korea is pushing to strengthen its weapons arsenal amid a stalled nuclear diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington.

The most recent start came when Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Seoul to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in and other senior officials to discuss stalled nuclear diplomacy with the North.

Talks between the US and North Korea have stalled since 2019 when the Americans rejected the North’s demand for extensive sanctions in exchange for the dismantling of an aging nuclear facility. Kim’s government has so far rejected the Biden government’s offers of dialogue and demands that Washington first give up its “hostile” policies.

The north’s resumption of testing is likely an attempt to pressure the Biden administration over diplomatic freezing after Kim failed to use his arsenal for economic gain during Donald Trump’s presidency.

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