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A newsletter aired at a South Korean train station informs viewers of the missile launch by North Korea.

North Korea fired a new ballistic missile on Sunday, as a US aircraft carrier is in South Korea for exercises, and days ahead of a visit to Seoul by US Vice President Kamala Harris .

North Korea has been engaged in a record series of weapons tests for several months as negotiations with the international community over its nuclear program and missiles are at a standstill.

In particular, Pyongyang launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile since 2017 in May, and adopted a new doctrine in early September proclaiming that the country will never give up nuclear weapons.

The South Korean military detected a short-range missile launched by North Korea at 6:53 a.m. [local time] from the vicinity of Taechon, North Pyongan Province, towards the South Korean Sea. East, the general staff said in a statement.

The Japanese Coast Guard has issued a warning to ships in the area where the missile fell.

According to Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada, the projectile traveled about 400 km at a maximum altitude of 50 km and crashed into the sea off the coast of North Korea, apparently outside Japan's exclusive economic zone.

Japan will continue to work on strengthening its defense capabilities by exploring several options, including acquiring response capabilities, Hamada told reporters.

The Pyongyang's repeated launches are absolutely unforgivable and the remarkable improvement in its missile technology is something we cannot ignore, he added.

The American nuclear-powered ship USS Ronald Reagan docked in the port city of Busan on South Korea's southern coast on Friday, September 23.

On Friday, the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its accompanying flotilla arrived in the major port of Busan in southern South Korea. He must participate in the coming days in joint exercises with the South Korean army off the eastern coast of the country.

This presence responds to the will of Seoul and Washington to increase the American presence in the region.

South Korea's conservative President Yoon Suk-yeol, who took office in May, has promised to strengthen military cooperation with the United States, after his predecessor's failed attempts at diplomatic rapprochement with the United States. the North.

Mr. Yoon is also due to receive US Vice President Kamala Harris in Seoul on Thursday.

The moment of the last test comes between the arrival of the USS Ronald Reagan this week and Vice President Harris' visit to Seoul next week, RAND Corporation analyst Soo Kim told AFP.

This is a way for North Korea to show its distrust of the alliance, and to get people talking about it at an opportune time, he said.

North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile into the waters off its coast eastern on Saturday, September 24, according to the South Korean military.

Washington is Seoul's main security ally, and has about 28,500 soldiers in South Korea.

The two countries have long conducted joint exercises. They emphasize their purely defensive nature, but North Korea sees them as dress rehearsals for a future invasion of its territory.

Pyongyang could put on a show of force while the US aircraft carrier is in South Korea, predicted Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul.

But according to him, North Korea's tests are mainly part of a long-term campaign to improve its offensive military capabilities.

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The hypersonic missile designated as Hwasong-8 was tested by North Korea's Academy of Defense Sciences in Toyang-ri, Jagang province, according to the KCNA agency, where the missile comes from. photo.

South Korean and US officials have been warning for months that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is preparing to conduct another nuclear test.

< p class="e-p">The North Korean regime has tested atomic bombs six times since 2006. The latest and most powerful test came in 2017, with an estimated yield of 250 kilotons. Pyongyang has spoken of a hydrogen bomb.

North Korea may delay its seventh nuclear test out of respect for China's upcoming political conference, which Xi Jinping is painstakingly preparing to expand his leadership late October, Easley said.

But there are limits to Pyongyang's self-discipline, he added.

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