North Korea fired at least one ballistic missile on Monday (March 27th), the South Korean military said, the latest in a series of weapons tests in recent weeks.
"North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile towards the East Sea
," the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said, using the Korean name for the Sea of Japan.
The launch comes days after Seoul and Washington completed their largest joint military drills in five years on Thursday.
Pyongyang considers these maneuvers as rehearsals for an invasion.
She claimed on Friday that the recent drills, dubbed "Freedom Shield," were training for an
of North Korea.
An “irreversible” nuclear power
North Korea's military responded by carrying out its own military maneuvers, including testing what it touted as a new 'underwater nuclear attack drone', and launching its second intercontinental ballistic missile. (ICBM) of the year.
After a record year of weapons testing and growing nuclear threats from Pyongyang in 2022, Seoul and Washington have stepped up security cooperation.
Last year, North Korea declared itself an
nuclear power and leader Kim Jong Un recently called for an
increase in the production of weapons, including tactical nuclear weapons.