A woman watches the news at a station in Seoul, South Korea, 25 March 2022. EFE-EPA FILE/JEON HEON-KYUN

North Korea fires suspected long-range ballistic missile: Seoul

Seoul, July 12 (EFE).- North Korea fired a suspected long-range ballistic missile (LRBM) on Wednesday, the South Korean military reported.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol (L) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (R), pose for a photo after signing the Individually Tailored Partnership Programme during their meeting on the sideline of the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, 11 July 2023. EFE/EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT


Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said it detected the launch from around Pyongyang area at about 10 am (01:00 GMT).

A US Air Force FA-18 fighter jet takes off from an air base as South Korea and the US conduct large-scale combined air drills amid joint efforts to sharpen deterrence against North Korea's military threats, in the southwestern city of Gwangju, South Korea, 17 April 2023. EFE-EPA FILE/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT ////////// Gwangju (Corea, República De), 17/04/2023.- Un avión de combate FA-18 de la Fuerza Aérea de EE. UU. despega de una base aérea mientras Corea del Sur y EE. UU. realizan ejercicios aéreos combinados a gran escala en medio de esfuerzos conjuntos para agudizar la disuasión contra Las amenazas militares de Corea del Norte, en la ciudad suroccidental de Gwangju, Corea del Sur, el 17 de abril de 2023. (Corea del Sur, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/YONHAP FUERA COREA DEL SUR


Japan’s Ministry of Defense also reported the launch of a ballistic missile and said it was collecting details to assess whether it presents any risk to its territory.

It was expected to crash into the Sea of Japan at around 11.13 am local time outside Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), about 550 kilometers east of the Korean Peninsula, according to the ministry.

Pyongyang’s last launch of an intercontinental missile was on Apr. 13, when it fired a Hwasong-18.

The new weapons test comes after a rise in tensions on the peninsula in recent days, following what Pyongyang said were air intrusions carried out by United States reconnaissance planes inside North Korea’s EEZ, which triggered strong protests and threats from the North Korean Ministry of National Defense and Kim Yo-jong, the powerful sister of leader Kim Jong-un.

In addition, the launch coincides with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s Wednesday participation in the NATO summit being held in Vilnius, and after he agreed on a new cooperation framework in 11 specific areas such as cybersecurity and hybrid technologies with the alliance on Tuesday. EFE