South Korea says North Korea test-fired missile toward sea

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The launch came as the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group arrived in South Korea for the two countries’ joint military exercises.

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile Sunday toward its eastern seas, extending a as a U.S. aircraft carrier visits South Korea for joint military exercises in response to the North’s growing nuclear threat.

The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said the launch did not pose an “immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory, or to our allies,” but still highlighted the destabilizing impact of North Korea’s illicit nuclear weapons and missile programs. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in a statement Tokyo is “doing its utmost” to gather information on North Korea’s launch and confirm the safety of ships and aircraft, although there were no immediate reports of damages.U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris visits

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has punctuated his weapons tests with repeated threats that the North would when threatened, increasing security concerns for its conventionally armed rival South Korea. Kim’s speech came as North Korean legislators passed a law that enshrined its status as a nuclear power and authorized the preemptive use of nuclear weapons over a broad range of scenarios where the country or its leadership comes under threat, spelling out an escalatory nuclear doctrine.

 

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