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  • Updated: March 16, 2023

North Korea Fires ICBM Towards Sea of Japan

North Korea Fires ICBM Towards Sea of Japan

North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Thursday.

The country aimed the long-range missile - its second weapons test this week - toward the East Sea, as the Sea of Japan is also known.

The missile was launched near North Korea's capital Pyongyang and covered about 1,000 kilometers before crashing into the sea.

The launch comes after the North confirmed having fired two ground-to-ground tactical ballistic missiles targeting an islet in the Sea of Japan off the country's east coast on Tuesday.

The launches came after South Korea and the United States kicked off a major joint exercise dubbed "Freedom Shield" early this week.

The North had recently threatened countermeasures should the U.S. and South Korea stage further military exercises.

This was taken to mean a new series of missile tests or a new nuclear test by observers.

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